The Business World Changed, Didn't You Get The Memo?
It's enough to drive a regular IT market watcher to the point of despair.
There has been a wide-ranging change in the way business operates driven by
technology-driven transformation - could there ever be a more obvious
statement to make, ever?
The problem is how does it all work?
The problem is how does all the data connect?
The problem is which technology base and platform does a firm build its own
IT stack up from?
The problem is do we know why we are doing any of this in the first place?
Old school traditionalists
Traditionalists will still be fighting the move to IT-centric business
systems, the cloud computing model of service-based IT delivery and the need
to restructure their firm to be able to take advantage of what we now call
data-driven decision making.
But the business world changed; didn't these old t... (more)
With the advent (or surge in popularity) of cloud computing, our use of the
so-called ‘computer operating system' is coming into question.
Given that the cloud exists on the back end to drive power to our
‘endpoint' devices (in whatever form they may be) today, the way those
devices handle the user experience comes down to the user interface almost as
much as it does the operating system, or so the argument goes.
A well-known operating system
That being said, we are of course on the cusp of a well-known software firm
being about to release its new operating system and it will come ... (more)
For most C-level executives (and most of the rest of the planet too), the
concept of ‘risk' is generally first perceived as a negative. The notion of
risk as a business positive (or a ‘business enabler' even) is fanciful,
flaky and fraught with fallibility - isn't it?
This proposition is not as feeble as it sounds and there are a number of
reasons why this is so.
All the Qs
First, let's be essentially mathematical about this for a minute. If John
Maynard Keynes, Milton Friedman, Adam Smith or (insert your favorite
economics guru here) have taught us anything, it is that business ... (more)
The Next Paradigm Shift: An ‘Immersive' User Interface
Major product cycle changes tend to come around roughly every five years or
so. The technology industry is fond of labeling these movements as paradigm
shifts, but we've all heard too many of those things referenced, so let's not
Looking back over the last decade and the emergence of touch, our appetite
for richer controls is never long satisfied. As soon as one finger touch
arrived we wanted two-finger touch. Pinch and zoom wasn't far behind and
multi-user touch soon followed.
But it wasn't enough.
Forefront or v... (more)
Getting Real (Applications) Inside the Cloud
After what feel like an interminable cycle of media frenzy followed by hype
and hysteria cycles, the practical elements of real world cloud
implementations are starting to become better documented.
But what is really different in the cloud?
How do software applications behave, live, interact and interconnect inside
the cloud? Where do cloud architectures differ so markedly from their
predecessors that we need to learn a new set of mechanics - and, when do we
start to refer to software programmers themselves as "cloud programmers" as a ... (more)