Public lecture "On the Design of Integrated, Dependable Components for the Systematic Growth of the ICT Sector"
On Wednesday, December 2 at 15.30 in room ICT-638 TUT Faculty of Information Technology will host a public lecture by a candidate for professorship in Information Society Technologies - Dirk Draheim's venia legendi "On the Design of Integrated, Dependable Components for the Systematic Growth of the ICT Sector".
Abstract: The information society is here to stay. The information society and the ICT sector evolve together, in tandem. A stable, high-quality growth of the ICT sector is necessary for the sustainable development of the information society. In the past, we have seen many initiatives, both technological and organizational, to boost the ICT sector to a next level of productivity, to name a few: open distributed systems, B2B, SOA, agility, offshoring, nearshoring, and, only recently, cloud computing. All of these efforts had and have massive impact and brought many improvements; however, none of them did take off, by no means, at the scale or the quality initially envisioned. How comes? In this talk we try to figure out and characterize a, or even `the’, hurdle for the systematic growth of the ICT sector’s productivity. It is about an intrinsic tension between robustness and flexibility of IT components that we encounter over and over again in today’s IT projects and initiatives. In many in large-scale IT endeavors we are kept in an endless cycle of alternating phases focusing on either robustness or flexibility. As a result, we often encounter massive recurring refactoring efforts. Is it possible to escape the wheel? Is it possible to embrace both and systematically balance between robustness and flexibility from the outset? This is an important research question that will stay with us in the near and distant future. In this talk we address that question and solutions at different levels: middleware, platforms/tools, and end-user services.