Slowly but surely the benefits of diversity in a team are becoming accepted rather than challenged. When I talk to software teams, there is a growing understanding that if you have a homogenous group of people building applications, they probably won’t be designed to the needs of the population at large.
Ok, that is not strictly true; I hate static processes. The ones that you see large companies instigate and then find really hard to ever change.
3D printing has started a revolution in many industries, providing a manufacturing model based on production decentralization, highly individualized end-results, and the potential to scale processes.
Application services providers are under intense pressure to transform themselves to truly support rapid customer innovation at scale. They’re pressured by a lack of skills and capabilities in emerging hot areas like AI, automation, and IoT, and by their sprawling size and complexity, which are often barriers to getting innovation done at speed.