This Week’s Latest Tech Innovations


Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you the latest technology innovation news from across the market that Enterprise Architects and other Technology Innovation focused roles need to pay attention to. I find that emergent technologies and innovation proven practices are top of mind for Enterprise Architects as I interact with them over inquiry calls or events.


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3D Printed Heart Saves Baby

Pre-planning surgeries using 3D-printed organs proves its efficacy in China, as surgeons use the technology to successfully save the life of a nine-month old. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has a printer that uses images from patients’ MRI or CT scan images as a template and lays down layers of rubber or plastic.



LG’s roll-up flexible screen

LG Display has been working on its fully flexible screen that can be rolled up and scrunched around, and the display is full HD. LG says they’re aiming for screens that are 55in and beyond that can produce screen quality of 4K. However, right now, the resolution is 1,200 by 810 pixels. See more:



Work Has Begun on the World’s First Quantum Enigma Machine

Quantum physicists have long thought it possible to send a perfectly secure message using a key that is shorter than the message itself. The University of Rochester’s new quantum enigma machine is taking data encryption to a whole new level. “While our device is not 100 percent secure, due to photon loss,” said Lum, “it does show that data locking in message encryption is far more than a theory.”



3D Printed Self-Driving Car Can Launch Drones

Local Motors is looking to take its Strati 3D printed car to the next level with building an autonomous version of the Strati, which will have a fully transforming cockpit into a drone launching, windshield-less, and customizable based on local needs.



Google to Deliver Burritos via Drones
Google’s Project Wing has officially begun testing its burrito drones in Blacksburg, Virginia. It was announced last week that Chipotle would be partnering with Project Wing to revolutionize the burrito industry, allowing drone delivery, and it looks like our burrito-filled future is now.


Additional Technology Innovation Happenings in the Market



Latest Technology Innovations


Shima by Laforge: High-tech Glasses
Moving pass the intrusive and offensive cyborg oriented Google Glass, Laforge believes they are on to something. Watch this YouTube video to how this company creates humanistic experiences first to effectively blend AR technology.

Primitive Quantum Computers Are Already Outperforming Current Machines

Now, in a study published in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Western Australia have demonstrated that even primitive quantum processors of only a few qubits can perform important computations.

Better Than Opioids? Virtual Reality Could Be Your Next Painkiller

AppliedVR is building a library of virtual-reality content for alleviating pain and anxiety before, during, and after medical procedures. The company is working with hospitals and doctors to get patients using their VR headset and to study its effectiveness as well.

House-building robot can lay 1k bricks per/hr

Fastbrick Robotics has a new bricklaying machine that can build a house four times faster than its human counterpart. Don’t believe it? Check out this time-lapse video showcasing the effective build process of bricklayer robots.

Korea’s Uber without drivers

Korean researchers have finally created a taxi that doesn’t need a driver. For the past 6 months University students have been able to hail autonomous taxis with their smartphone on their 45k sqft campus.

Additional Technology Innovation Happenings in the Market

• This Robot That Runs Entirely off a Neural Network
• Architect Uses Microsoft HoloLens To Design Buildings
• Neural dust opens door to electroceuticals
• Meet The Robot Chef That Can Prepare Your Dinner
• Shapeshifting Shirt Is Alive — And Powered By Bacteria

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Gartner has identified the most impactful emerging technology trends for 2016

I’m really excited to share with all of you my latest research in the emerging technology space. This is the result of months of research in the emerging technology trends arena diving into over 2000 technologies, over thousands of inquiries, along with discussions with leading vendors and VCs.

So today I released a Smarter with Gartner article, “3 Trends Appear in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016” that highlights the most impactful emerging trends in 2016.

Tailored for enterprise architects who are focused on technology innovation, this article is the essential primer for the latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. I discuss how EA practitioners must evaluate these high-level trends and the featured technologies, as well as their potential impact — value and risk — on their businesses.

There are three distinct trends that emerge from the emerging technology market.

  1. Transparently Immersive Experiences
  2. Perceptual Smart Machine Age
  3. Platform Revolution



Read more: 3 Trends Appear in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016

Mike the Architect Podcast Ep1 w/ Tom Graves

Hello everyone, I’m back!

Those of you that don’t know me, my name is Mike Walker. I’ve spent the majority of my career in the strategic planning and enterprise architecture space. I work for Gartner leading research in emerging technologies and EA.

This podcast is (for now) a pilot to see what all of you want to hear from myself and my guest. On this podcast it’s basically just me talking about EA and technology stuff with influentials in the industry. The podcast is a laid back format with real-world talk. It’s important to note that this podcast in no way represents the view of my employer (Gartner Inc.). These are mine and my guests views personally.

Take a listen to my first podcast with Tom Graves a successful consultant, leading EA blogger (, and recent attendee of the Gartner UK EA Summit. We talk about innovation and EA’s leading role in it.



The Future of the Mike The Architect Blog

You might of saw the announcement I made that I just joined Gartner. You might be thinking what this means for my blog, right? Well… there will be some changes but I think ultimately they will be good ones. 

Just like with most things, there is good news and the not so good news.

How about we get the bad news out of the way first… So the not so good news is that this will be my last blog post, well at least for the foreseeable future.  I will still keep it alive out here but will not be able to update it.

So this leads to the good news is that I will still be able to share my insights with all of you. I will continue to express myself through Gartner research notes, technology profiles, hype cycles and conferences. Who knows, I may even show up on Gartner blogs as well. While I do love what I have done with "Mike The Architect", blogging on any one platform/persona was never my goal. It’s was simply a vehicle or a means to an end to communicate my thoughts to all of you.

As you might imagine this post is a bittersweet one for me. This closes one chapter and opens another for my public writing to all of you. I have really enjoyed blogging all these years about my observations, experiences and my wild haired crazy ideas. Can you believe it’s been 8 years of Enterprise Architecture blogging? I can't. Goes by fast.

I just want to say thank you to everyone that has subscribed to my blog, provided comments and believed in my guidance. 

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Mike Walker has joined Gartner

Mike Walker has joined Gartner

I’ve got some very exciting news to share with all of you. I have accepted the position of Research Director within the Enterprise Architecture practice at Gartner!

As many of you know that read my blog I often comment on the analyst community and more specifically the leader in that community, Gartner. I have a great deal of respect for not only to research but also the Gartner EA team. I will be joining a stellar team of luminaries that have been providing enterprise architecture guidance for a very long time. It is very humbling to be part of this already high-octane team.

You might be wondering, why did I decide to join Gartner? It was a bit of an interesting discovery for me. I spent my career primarily in two world’s. First as a practitioner space as an enterprise architect or a chief architect and second at a technology vendor in roles such as advisory/chief architect roles. Each of these roles and organizations provided great experiences in their own right and provided me a great deal of experience and enjoyment.

However, when when I looked at Gartner as a possible career choice, it offered a very different value proposition. As a practitioner working for a single company my role and scope of influence was only with that one company with an occasional speaking engagement or blog posting. But even when I did speak publicly many factors limited my ability to provide the candid guidance that I would of preferred to give. This was primarily due to intellectual-property or competitive factors.

With large technology firms I was able to get that broad and pervasive megaphone that allowed me to amplify my message across many companies to maximize the impact that I could have. However there is one major drawback, I work for a technology firm and no matter what you still have some level of accountability for the company’s bottom line or another way of stating that would be to enable the sale of technology. While I personally have avoided having “big evil vendor” pitches there is still a very legitimate perception that there is a technology bias.

So I ask myself a question, is it more important to sell technology or to sell enterprise architecture? The answer was very clear to me. It had been for many years but it's just like trying to remember something that's on the tip of your tongue you know it's there but you can't quite put your finger on it. Once I realized that enterprise architecture was the area passion for me, everything else on the place.

Moving to Gartner is the most logical choice for me given my true passion for advancing the Enterprise Architecture profession, communicating its value and ultimately sharing proven practices. if I wants to advance the enterprise architecture profession. Gartner provides the platform, the breadth of clients, the credibility and none of the technical shackles that you would find at a large mega vendor.

Not only do I think it's a good move for me but I also think I would be good at being an analyst. After all, many of my roles have comprised of an advisory component to customers, writing white papers and speaking at conferences.

As for my existing customers, many of you are Gartner customers. If you still want to continue to engage with me I would really like that!

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