Part 2 of this series of articles looked at how transitioning from scarcity to an abundance of fundamental computing resources enabled the historic one-to-one relationship between operating systems, applications and underlying hardware to be broken. Part 3 will examine how the ability to decouple hardware and software evolved into a new strategy for managing IT systems — saving company’s millions of dollars in the process — and laid the foundation for today’s cloud computing architectures. Continue Reading
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Part I in this series of articles outlined the impact that the economics of scarcity has had on both software architectures and the structure of the computer industry over the last forty years. Part II of the article will discuss the transition from the economics of scarcity to the economics of abundance and how profoundly that has altered — and continues to alter — the computing landscape. Continue Reading
The underlying economics of computing resources have always had a profound impact on development of computing architecture and in-turn the structure of the computer industry. In this regard the emergence of cloud computing is no different. Cloud computing has emerges as the product of a fundamental transition in the underlying economics of computing resources and — as in the past — this economic transition will drive profound changes in the structure of the computing industry. The nature of this change can best be described as a transition from the economics of scarcity to the economics of abundance. Continue Reading
We are currently witnessing a major pivot in Microsoft’s core business model. It is starting to become clear that — as Steve Ballmer recently announced — Microsoft is deadly serious about becoming a global leader in consumer “Devices and Services.” Successful execution of this strategy will require the company to control everything from manufacturing, distribution logistics through to retail.
The company appears to be focused on executing a ‘Leader’ strategy in the devices business which would give them even greater control than Apple famously does over the end user experience. In addition the company is likely to repurpose its online service investments to add value to this new device-led strategy. A-la Apple, consumers will have no choice but to use Microsoft own services when using a Microsoft mobile device and competition authorities will be powerless to prevent it.
If correct, this pivot will has profound implications for the structure of the company, shareholder value and for the entire mobile technology industry. Continue Reading
Just for fun — and in no particular order — here are some technology industry predictions for 2012. Continue Reading