Uber isn’t a transportation business. It isn’t even a software business. It’s a business built by assembling capabilities from hyperscale providers. Uber was created by bundling external business services accessed via APIs from the cloud. Little of Uber’s service was delivered through Uber-owned systems. The point is not that Uber chose to construct its business largely through external services, but that Uber was only possible because these cloud services existed; Uber was imagined and conceived based on the possibilities of accessing hyperscale services via the cloud.

Uber Bill of Materials

Besides adding business services to their catalogs, the hyperscalers have released infrastructure services targeted at almost every emerging trend in computing: blockchain, Internet of Things, edge computing, 5G, streaming and visualization, machine learning and artificial intelligence, image and text analysis, and digital identity management.

These additions, coupled with the rich range of components from the partner ecosystems that leverage the hyperscaler platforms, open up fresh possibilities for enterprises to acquire capabilities. Instead of building capabilities in-house, they can assemble business capabilities by sourcing business and IT components from the cloud. We call these cloud-native business capabilities because they are conceived, designed and delivered on the basis of sourcing from the cloud. They represent a higher level of abstraction than cloud-native applications because they deliver a business capability, as opposed to an application. Innovation comes from two angles: business vision sees the potential since “Functional combinations are unconstrained in the imagination”; while technology insight defines what is possible in practice, through knowledge of what components can be sourced from the cloud and understanding of how they can interoperate.

Michael Conlin

Michael Conlin​

Chief Technology Officer​
Phone: (703) 216-5856​
michael.conlin@definitivelogic.com​

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