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IT Explained: What’s a Bluefield?

What’s a bluefield about? It’s not a brownfield and not a greenfield. It’s something else. This is what we’d like to talk about today. Information technology has helped the world provide various technological software that brings electronic security, storage, and efficient communication. The data coming from IT help commerce and business sectors to grow rapidly and generate all the possible outputs it can give. Moreover, the advancement of IT has lessened time consumption in developing a business from different sectors.

To make things work, there’s a need to utilize a computer application that will be used as a tool to create software systems. There are numerous essential things that IT can provide to an organization, such as maintaining the records of many clients of different companies, creating a network of communication for the patients to contact healthcare workers, or organizing patients’ healthcare records by managing the system properly.

Gathering information with IT includes programming/coding, data conversion, data communications retrieval, and storage to system analysis. More interestingly, the innovations of information technology had drastic positive effects on the development of education. With that in mind, we can say that computers, software, and the internet paved the way to creating a whole new system of sorting countless data that comes every day. While there’s greenfield and brownfield, bluefield technology combines these two and has been said to be the path to create the best progressive technological assistance for businesses so far.

Defining greenfield and brownfield

Developers are expected to utilize appropriate software development tools and techniques to satisfy modern businesses’ needs. Software stands as one of the most efficient and effective active industries. There are two methods in creating advanced software called: greenfield and brownfield software development.

Greenfield software development implies creating a system for a whole new setting or environment. It also needs to be developed with a fresh start, so there should be no legacy code in place. With this mode of operation, you can start however you want without relying on already existing software structures. A few examples of Greenfield software development involve establishing a website or application by formulating a self-made foundation, creating a new data center, or executing an original rules engine.

Meanwhile, brownfield software is used to develop and implement a current software system into existing legacy software systems. If you happen to improve or enhance a working application, you will have to apply brownfield development since it refers to cultivating with formerly generated code. In simple terms, it is like setting up a new layer in an established building.

Some examples of brownfield software development include modifying code to boost the processing of an application, merging a new element to software that was created before, or reinforcing a new module to an enterprise’s existing system. Users must speculate how to bind a system to an already existing one and augment its potentiality and capability.

What sets a bluefield apart?

The concept comes from blending greenfield and brownfield, which means that the flow data is continuous while new systems are built. This is a new method in moving towards network evolution. While greenfield renders a new independent platform, and brownfield enhances the performance of an existing system, bluefield takes the role of taking both attributes by producing modern technology into an already existing structure. It becomes a mediator that provides a prolific space to create a productive operation.

Bluefield is applied to enterprises or organizations that can separate platforms to branch out with different structures to implement. To complement well with varying businesses, the gathered information and codes that are newly applied will probably be prioritized in the first wave. In the second wave, the data or information that have complications such as fragmentation may follow. This process is applied to create fluidity in the area of the business.

More interestingly, bluefield helps customers to be able to combine, split, improve, and balance systems within an easy step. Paul Hardy, Chief Innovation Officer (EMEA) of ServiceNow, said that “it (bluefield) refers to reusing tried and tested models alongside blueprints to ensure you can stay focused on getting the departmental relationship and data right to enable you to ramp up crop production.” With bluefield technology’s presence in the field, IBM global vice president and general manager for SAP global business services, Keith Costello says that this allows companies to adopt new platforms more effectively and offers a more progressive structure to the essence of digital reinvention.

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