VANTIQ Aims to Integrate Man and Machines

    Assuming machines are now going to replace humans altogether, the next major IT challenge is to create applications that enable people and intelligent machines to more easily collaborate. With that particular issue in mind, VANTIQ has updated its namesake application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) in a way that promises to make it simpler to build applications that allow humans and machines to work together.

    VANTIQ CTO Paul Butterworth says that while machines may replace humans for some tasks, the real opportunity is to extend human intelligence by making use of machine intelligence to take on tasks that previously would not have been achievable.

    VANTIQ, says Butterworth, has been designed from the ground up to build real-time applications using  a serverless computing framework, which he notes also makes it ideal for making intelligent machines part of a larger event-driven application environment. That approach, adds Butterworth, makes it possible to build these next-generation applications much faster.

    “A developer can get an application up in days,” says Butterworth.


    There’s clearly something approaching an AI arms race starting to occur across enterprise IT organizations. Naturally, not everyone has a clear idea how to apply machine learning algorithms within a business process. For now, however, the most important thing developers in the enterprise can be doing is experimenting. No one is quite certain what that true state of possibility is when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI). But it should be apparent to everyone by now that the only way to add value on top of an algorithm is to apply some good old-fashioned human ingenuity.


    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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