The Next Big Thing
Posts about next generation technologies and their effect on business.

Is mobile innovation over?

mobile worker.pngRecently, Wired had a post stating that mobile innovation is over.  I actually think that nothing could be farther from the truth. Though separating out mobile is likely the thought process of the last decade – not this one. We need to take a more environment experience view.


The focus needs to now be on the experience that mobile devices support. With all the capabilities around us all the time. The innovations possible to enable devices can link into those and enable us as users to capitalize to provide the ideal experience at this moment are rich with possibilities. We’re not even close to that today.


Businesses today need to move their thinking to a Bring Your Own Stuff (BYOx) view, since it could be devices, processes and other tools. But do so in an integrated (yet secure) not isolated fashion. It is just another dimension of the whole Everything As A Service (XaaS) approach.

3D printing and space travel… a match made in heaven

One of the topics I’ve touched on many times is the trend to move bits not atoms, whether it is video conferencing or 3D printing – we now have more flexibility in how to receive physical things at a distance.


Here is an article from Washington State University that describes efforts to “print” equipment and other needed materials using lunar rock.



You may have also seen a video of Markus Kayser creating glass objects using solar energy, 3D printing and sand from the Sahara desert - while in the middle of the desert.


With advances in robotics… these factory robots could be sent on ahead and have the materials there when the astronauts arrive. Definitely much more efficient that lifting it all from the gravity well of Earth.


As these techniques become better understood, can they be applied to business back here as well?

What can IT shops learn from the mobile industry?

hotwater.pngBack in August Andy McAfee had a post titled: Lessons from a Very Mobile Industry where he talked about how much the mobile market changed since 2007. We thought the smartphone market was relatively mature back then and yet a major disruption was possible.


Are there other examples of industries that one entity has lost and then gained their way back to the top (without buying the competition -- I think that was covered in the Innovator’s Dilemma)? Are there any candidates for this type of market disruption in the future? One industry I could easily see being disrupted is digital storage, but I am sure there are more.

It's that relationship between abundance and scarcity that is crucial from my point of view. You can either redefine the market into something where you have abundance or you figure out a way to dig up new resources. In the case of Apple, I think they redefined the marketplace and its expectations to something where they were strongest.


As organizations are moving to an Everything as a Service model, IT organizations may need to keep this kind of thought process in mind as they plan for their future in making their organizations successful. The frog doesn’t realize he is being cooked if the water warms up slowly.

Is Agility the real value of cloud?

choice.pngRecently, there has been quite a bit of discussion about the business value of agility and the effect of XaaS techniques. Tools like cloud computing (IaaS) provide a degree of freedom to experiment that organizations haven’t had before. In a way, the value of agility can be like talking about “opportunity costs” in business. What is the value of what you could do vs. what you actually do? That can be a hard concept to get the more concrete oriented business person’s mind to embrace.


Although a great deal of press is given to the concept of TCO and cloud, it may be agility that really impacts the bottom line over the long haul. CIOs that can understand the value of having options will be much more of an asset to their business than those who focus only on the operational issue.

Software Engineer a protected title in Texas – is this the start of something new?

development.pngIn Texas, the role of a engineer is actually licensed – by law. The testing is now extending to software engineering as well. This means the legal use of terms like “engineer” and “engineered” are protected.


The new NCEES Software Engineering PE exam is ready and will be offered for the first time in April 2013.  Everyone practicing software engineering in Texas is encouraged to register for the exam

There has always been some concern about the cavalier way the term engineer is used – especially in the area of software. In many parts of the world, the borders for these terms are more clear cut than in others. Having clear definitions should have a wide impact, especially in this world of XaaS and high job turnover.

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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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