Encouraged by the trend toward contextually aware mobile apps, enterprises are starting to request—and software developers are beginning to create—business applications that include the essential workflow automation but go well beyond it to incorporate support for the human cognitive processes as part of the overall business process.
This issue of the Technology Forecast examines the future of enterprise applications. Emerging technologies, including mobility, cloud, application programming interfaces (APIs), analytics and others are giving rise to the "mindful app". Mindful apps use mindflows to model human thinking within the context of a business process, blending human and software intelligence. Mindful apps empower the human factor and help deliver intelligence in the moment.