The original seed of this post came from my experiences at Los Angeles and Heathrow airports last year, but the seed germinated recently when I read about the troubles ordinary people have in living in San Francisco, and the commotion around Dan Lyon’s critical book about HubSpot and the Silicon Valley culture. Continue reading
US-based VCs (venture capitalists) should get off their arses and realize that there is a greater world out there than what they hear about on the US East or West coast. I’m not talking about Europe or Israel either. I’m echoing what Ben Parr said in a recent Tech Caucus email that:
we in the Silicon Valley / LA / NYC bubble have no clue what’s happening in Africa.
The increasing adoption of cloud computing by businesses doesn’t appear to have convinced many small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the UK to move their business application from on-premise to the cloud. The three common concerns mentioned are:
- security of the cloud, particularly data privacy,
- complexity of migration, the amount of time is takes to migrate, and the downtime while migrating,
- cost of migration, with many believing that the costs are high.
Although I haven’t found the evidence, I suspect the same reluctance holds true for SMBs in other countries. The question is – are these concerns valid, and how can SMBs mitigate their concerns and the risks. Continue reading
An article on Medium written at the end of 2015 tries to predict how we will be living in 2025. The problem with predicting so far out, and ten years is far out, is that we cannot possibly know how things we haven’t even thought about will dramatically impact our lives. It got me thinking what someone in January 2006 would have missed when predicting how we would be living in 2016. Continue reading
This is what Gartner predicted for end users in 2010. What do you think now?
- By 2012, 20% of businesses will own no IT assets.
- By 2012, India-centric IT service companies will represent 20% of the leading cloud aggregators in the market.
- By 2012, Facebook will become the hub for social networks integration and Web socialization.
- By 2014, most IT business cases will include carbon remediation costs.
- In 2012, 60% of a new PC’s total life greenhouse gas emissions will have occurred before the user first turns the machine on.
- Internet marketing will be regulated by 2015, controlling more than $250 billion in Internet marketing spending worldwide.
- By 2014, more than three billion of the world’s adult population will be able to transact electronically via mobile and Internet technology.
- By 2015, context will be as influential to mobile consumer services and relationships as search engines are to the Web.
- By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web accessdevice worldwide.
It’s been six years since I posted my views on the Gartner ERP magic quadrant for Tier 2 vendors. It has been one of the most viewed posts on my blog, but I think it’s now time to have a relook at the ERP magic quadrant (MQ) and the ERP market as a whole. Continue reading
For the last few years, there have been many calls and articles about the importance of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. I’ve seen the acronym used most often in US-based communications, but it’s seen as an issue in other countries as well; for example, in South Africa we tend to talk about “Maths and Science”. The STEM proponents say the growing these skills is the only way we will be able to ensure employment in a world that is becoming more automated and smarter. But I am now hearing a different view, that there is more to work and life than maths and science skills. Continue reading