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Closed hardware and open software -- when one door opens...

now open.pngIn this month’s IEEE spectrum there was an article on the demise of hardware Open Systems. Like the author of this article, I grew up building Heathkit gear. In my case though it was mostly amateur radio equipment.


Today, the hardware world leaves relatively little room for the home repair or build – although sites like iFixIt and a few others provide the information needed to repair or at least diagnose rather than throw away some of the devices around us.


The software side of the house is running counter to this trend, becoming more open all the time. With the cloud computing trend, this openness may be the unsung enabler for business making the move. Without system integration, cloud based systems would be just an “island of automation” like we’ve seen in the past.


Organizations need to incorporate integration planning and enterprise architecture approaches in their cloud transformation planning, to maximize the business value generated. Although we can't tinker with the hardware quite the way we used to, we can do a great deal in software to enable new business models and higher efficiencies.

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