Greenwich, CT (November 12 2018) — Synchrony Systems, Inc., a leader in legacy application modernizations, today announced that their CEO Slavik Zorin was the featured executive in the Software and Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Vision from the Top. This program gives members a glimpse into what drove the success of these industry leaders. At the end of the year, all interviews will be released in the form of an eBook.
An excerpt from the interview can be found below. The full interview can be found here on the SIIA website.
Jennifer Carl: Over the past twenty years what advances have you seen in the modernization of software?
Slavik Zorin: If I look back over 20 years and think about the trends, it has really all started with the mainframe or the “big iron”, where all application software was developed, maintained and run, all in one single place. Over time, this monolithic computing power has been supplemented by more granular and distributed computing power, namely the personal computers and network operating systems. This marked the beginning of an architectural revolution, away from large and monolithic systems, and towards highly distributed and scalable systems that are more flexible, and easier to develop and deploy – what is today’s microservices architecture.
As the rate of change in technological advances continues to accelerate, especially as we look at technologies such as Big Data and AI, we are beginning to approach the age when software will be able upgrade and modernize itself. This will not only become transformational, but also disruptive to the service-driven businesses and migration companies alike. As this future begins to unfold, Synchrony’s MLP platform must play an important role in managing a large number of application modernizations across diverse programming languages and platforms, incorporating the required knowledge and systematic process in order to achieve a frictionless and continuous modernization of application software.
Jennifer Carl: You are a technologist at heart. What is sparking your interested at the moment, and how does it apply to Synchrony?
Slavik Zorin: Lots of things interest me in the industry. IoT, for example, is extremely interesting and incredibly empowering evolution of technology in terms of the benefits it’s going to deliver to the world. We are going to be able to monitor everything—agriculture, logistics, automobiles, medicine, our homes, our health, you name it… But It’s not just about the monitoring; it’s the massive amount of real-time data collected from these miniature IoT devices, and the harnessing of this data that will foster progress, global prosperity, and change the way we interact with each other and the world.
But it is the intersection of machine learning (ML) or AI, if you prefer that term, accompanied by the big data analytics, where we see the possibilities for Synchrony Systems. As the MLP platform and its ecosystem expands to manage hundreds and even thousands of modernizations, the knowledge of how systems are built will grow geometrically making the perfect place to apply ML. Imagine taking a monolithic system and having a really powerful learning and inference engine intelligently extract business rules, APIs, and turn a monolithic application architecture into a scalable microservices architecture.
Blockchain is another disrupting technology that might have interesting applications in our business. A well understood measurement of software applications is lines of code (aka LOC). LOC is also the way we compute the underlying intrinsic value when transforming LOC from one programming environment to another. We can imagine a digital currency based on LOC that can emerge and be used to transact within our ecosystem. This is something we are keeping tabs on and might play a role in creating.
The full interview can be found here on the SIIA website.