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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Forrester Research CEO George Colony, argues that the impact of current economic crisis on tech may be milder than anticipated compared to what happened seven years back with the dot com burst. His primary argument is that tech spending is currently hovering around 6% whereas it used to be double that in the last tech downturn. He points out that tech is more centrestage and pervasive that what it was at the start of this century. Mobile penetrations have tripled in the US, online business is surging around the world. It confirms the earlier notion that IT is business. A well articulated argument here shows that the impact may not be felt where the deployment is critical to business and bound to strengthen additional investments. Tom Sullivan compiles the view that startups could particularly get affected due to the credit crisis.
Monday, October 27, 2008
A very interesting interview in the November issue of HBR on foreseeing, creating and executing to reach the future from the legendary John Chambers, Chairman & CEO of Cisco. The whole interview is about business strategy. His perspective of market transition as a precursor to disruption is an interesting read.
Market transition occurs when there is a subtle but clear disruptive shift. It could be social, economic, or technological, and it begins many years before the market actually grasps its significance and adapts to it. A market transition gives you a glimpse of a new opportunity to take market share or move into new market adjacencies, and it can take many forms"
Cisco like others in the high-tech sector is confounded with challenges of long development lead times and as a market leader has the constant challenge of predicting six to eight years ahead in the volatile technology market by recognizing early warning signals.Cisco's big bet is typical of such challenges. John outlines how he has geared the organization for capitalizing on these market shifts by giving his command-and-control style and making decision making a highly collaborative process. He claims that with such mechanisms in place, Cisco which used to carry out one or two initiatives a year currently successfully handles dozens at a time.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
With infrastructure as a service, basic IT costs are moved from a capital expense to a variable cost, building clearer relationships between expenditures and revenue generating activities. As Jayashree Ullal points out, scalability, latency and performance are the cornerstones in any cloud ecosystem. Recognizing a heightened interest in moving functionality into the AWS cloud to get a better grasp on controlling. AWS comes with added functionalities to add monitoring, load balancing, and automatic scaling to their offerings making it more appealing to enterprise customers. Today, Amazon AWS is no longer in beta. The EC2 platform now supports windows/SQL platform as well. Amazon is boldly promoting this platform as the best environment for deploying .net and other high performance microsft technology centric applications. The implicit belief behind this is that having a low cost infrastructure is only the starting point of being as efficient as possible and that applications will make use of the infrastructure in an adaptive and scalable manner to achieve a high degree of efficiency. This would pitch amazon against the rumoured red dog initiative ( a stripped version of cloud OS) of Microsoft. The ultimate goal seems to be ability to offer services that would support all databases, operating systems and programming models. Microsoft, Google, SFDC are all approaching comparable solutions with varied interests from differing perspectives. This is really good progress for amazon and for cloud computing paradigm – the adoption by SMB segments and enterprises need to be keenly watched to assess how quickly this models gets to the centerstage.|
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