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What a pivotal year in our industry! Mobile, Cloud and Social making new leaders


What a pivotal year in our industry! Let’s face it, IT has been attesting more evidences that its tectonic forces at work did let emerge new leaders and previous ones fade.

Combining this to Big Data and associated analytics to get a modern business insight, let’s attest we’re already in a new world. Get ready if you’re not already! CIO, CMO, CDO or CEOs, don’t let your competition harness these revolutions before you get a chance to compete or lead: initiate change now.

Mobile computing is taking IT by storm: mobile world congress – iPad 3 announcement – Ray Ozzie interview


Without surprise it was the mobility week recently. With Mobile World 2012 just closing, this has been a week of announcements and research publications. As eWeek tries to summarize it, here are 10 hot mobile Trends to watch at Mobile World Congress 2011:

  1. Bigger is better: it seems larger display are more desirable this year
  2. Android Galore: without Apple around, Android was everywhere leaving Windows on the side for next year
  3. Microsoft needs Nokia—desperately
  4. Dual- and quad-core processors are everything
  5. Fresh new designs aren’t needed? No revolutionary designs introduced.
  6. The “converged” device matters: smartphone bridging the gap with tablets
  7. There’s no changing carriers: disappointed if you wanted to hear some breaking news from Carriers though customer relations are in pain.
  8. Companies think there’s room for other operating systems: Mozilla announced its own mobile OS, Samsung did the same with Bada, running after Android and iOS.
  9. iPad 3 fear reigns supreme: anticipated announcement on March 7, even Google had to admit via Andy Rubin that they’re behind iOS.
  10. The enterprise is an afterthought: Mobile World Congress is all about consumers. To be analyzed with CIO client strategy in the enterprise.
$GOOG Google Play replaces #Android Market, new source for apps, books, movies and music (funny video 1’30)engt.co/zYiIaf
The New Era of Computing bit.ly/xjxIfO

The announcement of the iPad HD, capturing all the buzz, is showing once again how much Apple is running the show. It looks like the entire industry is positioning itself regarding Apple and the impact of “The Barber Of Infinite Loop” on once the center of all attention Microsoft could be serious. Thus I encourage you to take a look at this Ray Ozzie interview video, the once Bill Gates visionary successor at Microsoft, who is starting a new venture and tells it very directly PC doesn’t mean desktop PC anymore but Personal Computing in a variety of form factor. What a thrilling industry!

Apple’s new iPad announcement: The numbers to know | ZDNet zd.net/ACGsNH
Video Q&A: Ray Ozzie, Bill Gates successor as $MSFT visionary on startups, Microsoft, … states world is over the PC bit.ly/y4WY1s
The Barber Of Infinite Loop: How The #iPad Could Give Microsoft A Serious Revenue Haircut – $MSFT productivity apps tcrn.ch/wrrKC7

    Week in review: Big Data’s impact on the world – Enterprise Apps gold rush to the cloud


    Big Data is pursuing to bubble up as the topic of choice for the beginning of 2012, even during Davos. Not surprising when one can attest that the cloud computing model is making significant progress all over the planet and even in my home country, France, where skepticism used to be the attitude regarding it. In turn, leveraging the cloud leads to Big Data, in a business context as well, to try to extract from all sorts of data streams meaningful business insights.

    Big Data’s Impact in the World
    Steve Lohr, in the New York Times, develops some examples in various areas and highlights some interesting numbers.

    I won’t come back on Facebook IPO as the entire planet just twitted and blogged about it. But let’s step back 5 years ago and remember how people where viewing Facebook back then. It changed big time, Facebook is no longer a youngster phenomena but a business eye opener. Amazing 180° view of the world for a company supposedly going to be valued more than $100B now. Don’t you think? We’re already in a new world. Social Media is now a reality to most businesses, Marketing cannot ignore it anymore and mobile devices are becoming rapidly the #1 entry point to it. By the way, what is the revenue Facebook is making on mobiles ;-)? (None for now, but stay tuned).

    By the way, recently SAP acquired Successfactors for $3.4B, Salesforce.com did the same with Rypple and Oracle with Taleo for $1.9B and RightNow, check this out. The enterprise apps gold rush seems to be on the cloud.

    As Larry Ellison said about cloud computing in 2008: “What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?” Not there yet apparently 😉

    So are you ready for Big Data, cloud computing, social networks and mobile internet?

    Best Internet Trends Presentation – Web 2.0 Summit


    KPCB Internet Trends 2011

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    As usual, Mary Meeker delivered this presentation during Web 2.0 summit and summarizes important trends in our industry with a lot of meaningful data.

    Internet Trends 

    1. Globality – We Aren’t In Kansas Anymore… 
    2. Mobile – Early Innings Growth, Still… 
    3. User Interface – Text -> Graphical -> Touch / Sound / Move 
    4. Commerce – Fast / Easy / Fun / Savings = More Important Than Ever… 
    5. Advertising – Lookin’ Good… 
    6. Content Creation – Changed Forever 
    7. Technology / Mobile Leadership – Americans Should Be Proud 
    8. Mega-Trend of 21st Century = Empowerment of People via Connected Mobile Devices 
    9. Authentic Identity – The Good / Bad / Ugly. But Mostly Good? 
    10. Economy – Lots of Uncertainty 
    11. USA Inc. – Pay Attention!

    Web evolution? Web 3.0 and Web 4.0 predictions


    I found this perspective on web evolution quite interesting. We know predictions are a dangerous sport, but thinking about this might inspire you.

    Enterprise 2.0 is going mobile fast



    Celebrating more than 4 Billion mobile devices in the world cannot let us stay still in our views of the mobile Internet. It has dramatically changed the consumer behavior but is also making its way in the enterprise. It has many consequences for us marketers, application developers and executives in charge or impacting enterprise information system.

    According to a very interesting Morgan Stanley research – The Mobile Internet Report – issued in December 2009, some early signs are attesting of a massive disruption ahead:

    • Material wealth creation / destruction should surpass earlier computing cycles. The mobile Internet cycle, the 5th cycle in 50 years, is just starting.
    • The mobile Internet is ramping faster than desktop Internet did, and we believe more users may connect to the Internet via mobile devices than desktop PCs within 5 years.
    • Five IP-based products / services are growing /converging and providing the underpinnings for dramatic growth in mobile Internet usage – 3G adoption + social networking + video + VoIP + impressive mobile devices

    Enterprises in the U.S. are already taking advantage of this revolution to solve business problems and meet goals in reducing time and cost, improving customer experience or including consumers directly in business processes. Information Week states:

    “General Motors is looking to a new iPhone application to change how and even where people sell cars. A national chain of rehabilitation facilities sees smartphones combining with cloud computing to improve patient care and employee productivity. A heart hospital is using BlackBerrys for nothing less than real-time alerts of patient distress, including images of bedside monitors. And around Los Angeles County, law enforcement officers are using BlackBerrys for such tasks as taking and searching fingerprints.” in a very interesting recent article.

    In the complete research, you’ll find interesting figures about more than 500 businesses such as this one

    Get Ready, include mobility in your plans.

    Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy at Java One video


    http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9/1640183659?isVid=1&publisherID=1460825906

    What a pleasure to see these two great leaders on stage again. How could one imagine Scott would love to go on stage with Sam Palmisano 😉

    Many have been asking me about the underlying strategy of Sun’s acquisition by Oracle, Scott gives it a clue: free advertising for winning the America’s cup and cutting travel expenses on Java One Japan by doing it in Larry’s garden.

    We do not know what’s next, but what is appearing more clearly is that the Oracle/Sun combination is bound to become another IT giant that can compete head to head with HP and IBM. As Scott would typically say: go kick some butts gang!

    Good luck to them, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.

    2009 IT Trends: can community based IT services on the cloud help?



    As 2009 sets itself to unfold, major IT trends are starting to shape our future.
    In a nutshell we should be watching:

    It’s going to be tough and only those who can go beyond their fears and control it will be able to seize opportunities in front of us. Yes IT will be impacted, but what is a better time to make the tough decisions you’ve been reluctant to make?
    I found it very interesting that in this context the eTask.it initiative, referred to by a friend of mine part of the management team there. In a nutshell, they describe themselves as “the first IT collaborative system” addressing IT staffing via community enabled sourcing.
    Cloud Computing can also deliver Service as a Service, kind of funny, or maybe more appropriately Service on the Cloud as an important part of the Cloud Computing trend.
    Good luck to them. More than yesterday, lesser than tomorrow, bet on the Web 2.0 for your future.

    What are the key forces driving to Enterprise 2.0 transformation?


    Tectonic forces displacing enterprise applications boundaries are very diverse, I don’t pretend to be exhaustive here, but I’d like to highlight the ones having in my opinion a significant impact:

    • Ubiquitous good quality (bandwidth) web access – check broadband stats – encouraging employees mobility
    • Web crazy expansion (5.5M new users per week, 1.3B Internet users in Dec 2007) and more specifically mobile web expansion (3.2B mobile devices and among them 1.2B with a modern web browsing user experience) and explosive e-commerce growth – check IDC stats : 50% internet users will buy on line this year – favouring extended enterprise process development
    • Users are educated at home on web based applications, noticeably on web 2.0 applications (Social Networking, Blogs, Wikis, …) and are increasingly accepting the Cloud Computing model relevance by using it (personal e-mail, Instant messaging, social bookmarking, photo & video sharing, e-banking, ….) – preparing for webtop and web 2.0 introduction in the enterprise (check “moving from deskltop to webtop” post)
    • SOA and Mashup emergence as a distributed application architecture
    • Transactional processes automation maturity – very typical of the ERP supported ones – will privilege productivity gains and transaction costs reduction (referring to  Ronald Coase « The law of the firm ») in automating collaborative processes and exception management, paving the way to ERP/Web 2.0 integration

    This nice cocktail augmented with a solid number of “ Y Generation ” employees — born between 1982 and 1994 – having grown with the natural use of SMS, instant messaging and social networking on the Web and which will be enterprise leaders in the next ten years – prepares the company with its change towards Enterprise 2.0 (first defined by Andy McAfee) characterized by the use of the Web 2.0 collaborative applications within the enterprise to harness collective intelligence. 


    Software on tap: SaaS and ASP are really not the same



    I launched MS Word today, it’s 24 years old! Don’t you have enough? Don’t you think time has come for a new software paradigm. Do you like Word? What do you do in e-mail then? This industry has come to a conclusion that software could very well migrate to it’s editor servers. It started with hosting, then ASP, and now SaaS (also called on demand applications) is coming around.
    Conventional wisdom has coined it at the same thing but it’s not. But an ASP delivers your monolithic application at distance, that’s all it does. Those who believe ASP and SaaS are the same thing have just missed the Web 2.0 paradigm shift where the web has become an application platform. In fact “application” is not a proper term, where as “application services” better describes what is happening. You probably know Facebook by now. If you don’t go ahead and build your friend community there. As I recently stated, one of the major success factor of facebook lies in its application platform strategy. The beauty of it is that users are defining a unique user interface to THEIR facebook by adding application to their home page. Customization, as we know it, is king. Gone the days when software vendors would define frozen user interfaces e.g. MS Word.
    But this new way of combining small applications, or widgets, into a dedicated user customized portal has reached the enterprise. Yes! Enterprise mashups are coming up. Do you know Longjump? You don’t, then just go there for a test drive. It speaks for itself far better than a long post of mine.
    This is the destination: mixable enterprise widgets or applets on tap. You pay as you drink it. Software is a service, isn’t it?
    Bye bye MS Word and all the monolithic applications, whether on your PC, your servers or with your ASP. Time has come for SaaS to thrive.