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Posts about next generation technologies and their effect on business.

20” Windows tablet – could it be the elephant in the room?

rove.jpgThe HP Next Bench blog had a post about the HP Rove the other day that I found interesting. When there is all this talk about having mini-tablets, why not have a large form factor as well. With 10 finger touch support, I can think of some very interesting applications involving more than one person (like schools).

 

Although HP has sold all-in-one, touch form factor PCs for a very long time. This is the first portable one. I was a bit surprised by the introductory price being relatively low.

 

I am sure there are those who will laugh at the Rove, but it is product that stretches a concept in a new direction – and that is not a bad thing.

Tags: Mobility
Labels: mobility

Videos from the webOS developers conference

Recently the webs developer’s conference was completed at Mobile World Congress. Here is a link at a number of videos from the WebOS portion of the meeting. It covers the new development framework and features of future versions of the OS…

Tags: Mobility| Palm
Labels: mobility| Palm

10 Takeaways from the Mobilize Conference

cell.pngGigaom had a series of articles that are worth looking at reviewing: 10 Takeaways from the Mobilize Conference earlier this month. These are ideas brought forward that may affect your planning for the future.

 

1.      There will be more than 50 billion devices connected to the web in 10 years

2.      In 1990, there were 10 billion minutes of international calling, but now it’s up to 400 billion minutes, including non-carrier methods like VoIP.

3.      There are already “thousands” of apps ready to go when the Windows Phone Marketplace opens in “weeks, not months.” 

4.      Designing hardware for the 10 to 15 year life of a vehicle would just be too hard, compared to the couple-year life span of cell phones and applications

5.      Mobile processors increasingly must deal with multiple wireless radios that are built into mobile devices. 

6.      The non-profit One Laptop Per Child has distributed 2 million laptops with built-in Wi-Fi in 40 countries.

7.      The time to launch a mobile app must be less than 8 seconds, or people don’t want to use it

8.      In the past two years, Apple has nailed touch, and everyone is scrambling to catch up.

9.      Open Kernel Labs has installed its virtualization software on 700 million handsets.

10.  Investors think it makes sense to invest on one or two platforms.


There were a few areas that seemed to be missing though. The effect of Near-field communication, or NFC; the use of short-range wireless to exchange data that has never really gained traction, for example. Nokia is in the process of including NFC in all its phones, indications that Apple and Google are getting in on the game, and reports from NFC manufacturers that they have a backlog of orders. There is an on-going question for business and technologies “To NFC or Not to NFC?”


Also the device form factor wars are just starting… you may have seen that HP announced its win7 slate last week.

New medical applications as mobility advances

608iE2B615176533DE72As the capabilities of mobile devices increase, they can be applied to completely unrelated applications as compared to their original intent. A good example is this eye check via smart phone, or the electronic stethoscope shown at the end of this article. It is easy to forget that if you can do one thing better than in the past, it may enable many applications that were waiting for that limit to be overcome.


It’s the intersection of technological advancement with business application where the real value is generated.

What to do about the coming upheaval in services

change management.pngI was looking at a summary of research from Forrester about an upcoming upheaval in Tech Services that stated:

 

“The tech services market is about to undergo a massive transformation that will call traditional provider business models into question. Four factors will combine to dramatically change the dynamics, economics, and competitive landscape of IT services over the next three to four years:

 

1)   the ‘restructuring economy’;

2)   innovation moving to the edge of the enterprise;

3)   the redefining of buying and governance dynamics in accounts; and

4)   ‘as-a-service’ becoming the norm. “

 

These are items we’ve been talking about for years. One thing that I find interesting is that some things were accelerated by the financial downturn, yet have not – yet.

 

For example, getting back to the core of a business clearly has been a focus,  moving work that is viewed as a commodity out to organizations who specialize in those areas. Some organizations have been using the funds freed up to reinvest on innovative areas, while other organizations have been just harvesting the savings without planting new seeds.

 

If we are going into a longer more stagnant state, everyone who wants to remain competitive will need to push those savings into innovative activities.

 

Areas like application and infrastructure portfolio management need to be core to IT organizations. It is not a case where you can just let things perk along, just because their working. This different mindset will be hard for some operationally excellent focused organizations to wrap their minds around. One of the sayings some of us have said for a while is “if it ain’t broke, maybe I’m the one who should break it to get that first mover advantage”.

 

I also found it interesting that Forrester mentioned the edge of the enterprise. I have a paper coming out from Cutter that talks about the changing view of the edge and how mobile interfaces are not just smartphones. The capabilities for display and interaction are changing as well. It needs to be a holistic plan. I can’t include the whole article here but:

 

“The problem needs to be looked at both from a supply (with sensors and event processing) and a demand side (presenting information to the organization according to the Right 6). As enterprise architectures, initiatives, and metrics are defined, opportunities need to be addressed with an eye on where latency can be removed and real business advantage defined, looking for what is abundant in this mobile world that was scarce before and how this perspective shift can be capitalized upon.”

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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