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.
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?
Back 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.
Recently, 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.
In 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 boarders 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.
I mentioned in the post the other day about 5 Actions a CIO Needs Take Action On, that while I was at HP Discover they did a quick, related video recording:
It was one of those “one take” exercises that always gets the adrenalin flowing, so hopefully you’ll find it insightful as well…