The Future (And Reality) Of Autonomous Enterprise Software
By: John Barnes
Oracle's series of announcements about autonomous database technology - with the first real product being the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud launched on March 27, 2018 - has been declared a profound revolution, repackaged hype, and everything between. Oracle's announcement has touched off a vigorous multi-sided debate on the forecast for software autonomy: its definition and financial imperatives, as well as the intertwined hype and truth about its performance and the limits (if any) of an autonomous-security arms race.
Autonomous cars are already on city streets, and autonomous enterprise software that can be taught to manage, optimize, and secure itself is intrinsically simpler. There are large financial rewards for creating autonomous enterprise software, and enterprise security in particular looks like an area where autonomous capabilities are needed to combat the overwhelming volume and increasing sophistication of threats. Autonomous enterprise software is a near-certainty for the future, but how close is it to reality today?...