Do a quick Google search and you might have trouble finding even a single product compatible with DARQ, leading to the question: is this a real thing? Part of the problem is that DARQ shares its name with a fairly new and fairly popular video game, which hampers any attempt at research.
The DARQ we’re actually interested in isn’t a product or company, but an acronym for a collection of four thriving technologies. These technologies are distributed ledger (or blockchain), artificial intelligence (AI), extended reality like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies, and finally quantum computing. It’s not a coherent toolkit or a necessary foundation for your projects, but if you can’t at least say something about DARQ, it might indicate that your line of business applications are a bit behind the times.
Why is the term “DARQ” relevant?
Many might assume that DARQ is similar to the Codd & Date model. For those who don’t know, Codd and Date pioneered the database in the 1960s; They suggested simple tests and questions that could help determine how “relational” your database was. DARQ can similarly be used as a benchmark—or sanity check—for your project planning, but it’s really a much broader, higher-level approach. With four immense concepts condensed into a single four-letter acronym, it’s not really amenable to simple tick-box practice.
So is DARQ of any practical use to us at all?
You may simply need to compare your plans and systems against the wide array of capabilities available across DARQ’s Aggregated Platforms. This should help you understand what you are missing out on and where your development and relationship time could be best spent. Your e-commerce system undoubtedly has some kind of database, but could it benefit from a blockchain model? Can you scale up a thousand times to handle a sudden surge in traffic just after an ad goes live, and then scale back down? What tools should you use to achieve the desired level of stability and scalability? And so forth.
Is DARQ a problem-solving mnemonic?
It’s a nice thought, but that last letter complicates things. You might find a solution in blockchain technologies that you can start developing today, or you might discover a ready-made AI suite that’s close enough to your problem to be useful. You might even discover a productive trick using QR codes or AR-powered smart glasses.
However, quantum computing is more ambitious and future-oriented. For now, its applications are limited, and few companies will see much return if they rush to invest in the emerging technology. However, with the increasing availability of the technology via the cloud, there is a strong argument that companies should plan ahead and prepare for when commercial quantum computing becomes viable.
Could ticking all the DARQ boxes be a red flag?
Yes – just because an IT project control thoughtscape uses scoring to flesh out its own assessments doesn’t mean the scores have any particular value or any business value. “Perfect” technology ratings can easily be matched by a “zero score” rating by those who need to use a system or by shareholders.
Perhaps the value of DARQ is in reminding us to beware of hype. Maybe you’re into something. Thinking about DARQ certainly encourages more real thinking than relying on narrow website service statistics or session counts. If DARQ hasn’t already been on your radar, your team might welcome the new perspective.
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