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…
Gigaom 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.
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.
As 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.
I 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.”
In Infoworld this week there is an article on 10 reasons why the PC is here to stay. It reminded me of the discussions about RISC vs. CISC chip architectures. Just because the iPAD and smartphones are slimmed down and provide a more focused and reduced functionality set, it doesn’t mean the end of the PC, it is just a different perspective of the same problem set.
The article in Infoworld did bash on Apple’s leadership a bit more than I like, but also brought up some interesting points of the evolutionary pressures and nature of where personal computing is headed.
One area left out of the article the advantage of the relative openness of the PC environment. Sure it is a security mess, but it is malleable and can conform to the needs of business and individuals if you are willing to invest the effort. Many of the other personal device manufactures are aware of this issue and are trying other techniques to balance security and flexibility (including HP/PALM).