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Umajin: A Game-Powered Platform to Create Next Generation Digital Solutions

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

As an industry, we’ve been talking about the impact that consumer technologies have had on customer and employee expectations of enterprise applications — what we now refer to as the consumerization of IT — for quite some time. The result of this consumerization has been a steady march to more graphical, more intuitive and more interactive applications. Consumer expectations, however, have continued to increase and evolve, increasing demand for applications that look and feel like the very best consumer technologies.

Umajin believes that this next level of consumerization will require more advanced graphics, animation, and interactivity. This belief drove it to build what it calls its ‘digital solutions platform,’ therefore, on top of a gaming engine. Similar to enterprise-focused low-code environments, the company’s platform enables non-technical users to create these highly interactive digital solutions using a visual interface. At the same time, the platform allows for IT to create reusable functions and interconnections and ensure overall governance and security.

This unusual architectural approach enables it to create interfaces and digital engagement models (e.g., interactive digital agents) that would otherwise require custom development. Moreover, the company claims that the architecture also enables organizations to deliver what it calls ‘pixel perfect’ cross-platform support and to deliver applications that can run both online and offline. While not every enterprise application may need this level of visuality, interactivity or other game-like elements, Umajin provides a compelling method for delivering solutions that do.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.

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