Ecosystem could be "the word" of 2013, if only vendors, providers, ISVs and
other technology conglomerates stop acting in a "This Town ain't big enough
for the both of us" way.
As an App user* I am increasingly amazed, affected and annoyed by what in my
view can only be described as turf wars between various technology providers.
Increasingly cooperation - that originated by a desire to have a quick time
to market - is being replaced by outright competition driven by a desire to
own the full stack. Some recent examples:
Phone manufacturers replacing perfectly good map applications with in-house
brews* Search engines wanting to become social networks* Social networks* and
web retailers* wanting to become advertising specialists Photo filtering apps
opting out of 140 char event timelines* and v.v. event timeline apps adding
photo filtering* Email providers abandoning ... (more)
Not too long ago, it took even the most successful entrepreneurs several
centuries or at least decades to reach a valuation of a billion and thus
become a member of the exclusive Billionaire Boys Club*. Families like the
Rothschilds, the Waltons or the Brenninkmeijers have indeed built up
impressive capital wealth, but because it took them several generations, it
often became quite diluted among brothers, sons, daughters, nieces, and even
With the advent of first: IT, then the Internet and now the cloud, that time
frame has rapidly shrunk. Today companies w... (more)
Slowly but steadily the debate in the blogosphere about private clouds is
increasing. Now it is always good to see some debate, but is this a debate
worth having? Will the cloud long term not be about other things than who
owns a machine?
Under provocative titles like “Private cloud discredited, part 1” and
“Do We Really Need Private Clouds?” the private cloud debate is
building up steam. The first blog is actually called “part 1” because the
author is sure there will be a part two, given the raging emotions and all
the opinions being aired.
The second one is part of a very re... (more)
In the cloud lock-in is often a greater concern than lock-out*, but both
should be top of mind for organizations looking to deploy cloud seriously, or
better said, for organizations that want to deploy cloud for serious
Lock-in is the phenomenon that it is often difficult (lengthy and expensive)
for user organizations to switch suppliers, often because after some time the
software becomes so closely linked with the way the organization works that
saying goodbye to the vendor becomes virtualy impossible. It is no
coincidence that there are only two industries (IT vendor... (more)
Given the giant cloud of volcanic dust still passing over Europe I could have
also titled this blog "The cloud strikes back", but that is not the topic of
this "the cloud changes everything" blog. It also has nothing to do with my
earlier topics on Lean IT and Lean manufacturing. Lean Back and Lean Forward
were the guiding principles for developers of Interactive Television.
The idea being that TV is typically enjoyed leaning back, while computers are
typically used leaning forward.
Of course we all know that interactive television so far has been as
successful as the NEXT comput... (more)