Over the last couple of years, something dramatic has happened in how the new
generation communicates. Gone are the days of email. Now it is mobile
messaging – it is global and becoming the de facto means of communication.
It is asynchronous yet instant (less cumbersome than writing an email)
Expressive yet fast Engaging yet user controlled Simple yet 24 by 7 (anytime,
around the clock) Instant yet secure Casual yet professional Personal yet
mainstream Mobile yet distributed Easy yet productive Real-time yet
replay-able Current yet evergreen
Global messaging leaders are: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Snapchat in
the US and WeChat (China), LINE (Japan), and KakaoTalk (Korea) in Asia.
WhatsApp was launched in 2009 and has about 800 million monthly average users
punching a staggering 30 billion fast messages per day across the globe.
Their growth rate is over ... (more)
This year’s CES expects to have 160,000 attendees and tonight’s keynote
by the CEO of Samsung Mr. BK Yoon was “unlocking infinite possibilities of
IoT”. The Internet of Things seems to be the overall theme this year.
Today I listened to an interesting panel on disruptive technologies over next
five years. Here is a brief summary.
3D Printing: This year expects to see 300,000 desktop 3D printers in the US.
Mainstream consumer adoption is doubtful. Someone jokingly said that you can
build a statue of yourself and install it in your yard. Another term for 3D
printing is additive ma... (more)
Recently I listened to a discussion on Big Data Visualization hosted by Bill
McKnight of the McKnight Consulting group. The panelists agreed that Big Data
is shifting from the hype state to an “imperative” state. For start-up
companies, there are more Big Data projects whereas true Big Data is still a
small part of the enterprise practice. At many companies, Big Data is moving
from POC (Proof of Concept) to production. Interest in visualization of data
from different sources is certainly increasing. There is a growth in
data-driven decision-making as evidenced by the increasing u... (more)
Apple reported record sales in the most recent quarter, thanks to its
upgraded iPhone line. But it was almost alone among the big technology firms
in doing so. Profits reported for the same period, have fallen at Google as
well as at IBM, SAP and VMWare.
IBM has done more financial engineering than the real kind in recent years by
its $100 billion buyback of its own shares since year 2000. It has shed less
profitable assets, but now lacks a big fast-growing business. It even started
layoffs in India recently. The earnings at VMWare dropped because of a recent
acquisition. Some ... (more)
HP, the giant technology company with revenues of $130B, is moving
aggressively into software based on its recent actions. First it acquired
Vertica, a column-based database company. Then the new CEO announced the
wider adoption of WebOS in all its PCs, Tablets, and mobile devices. He also
outlined a cloud strategy for HP.
Let us look at a bit of history. HP has not really focused on a comprehensive
software strategy. It’s product OpenView is a good one in the systems
management arena, competing with IBM’s Tivoli and CA’s Unicenter
products. Then it acquired OpsWare and Mercury ... (more)