Archive for June, 2010

Gartner: “No IT assets”

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I’ve just downloaded the Gartner Top End User Predictions for 2010.  The very first one jumps on the Cloud/SaaS/Virtualisation bandwagon and gives it a whacking great crack of the whip.

“By 2012, 20% of businesses will own no IT assets”.  This is a stunner.  On closer inspection Gartner means hardware assets, not software, but even so, can we really believe this?

I will be happy to stand corrected.  I think that, supported by a very compelling business case, most enterprises are likely to head towards delegating responsibility for application development and support, and hardware procurement, configuration and management to external organisations.  But haven’t we seen all this hype before?  Consolidation of end user computing resources within the enterprise never really took off, did it?  Enterprises have so much invested in existing hardware and systems that I can’t see any, large ones at least, making so much headway in such a short space of time.

I expect the vast majority of larger enterprises, even the ones trying to aggressively adopt Cloud et al, to be living with legacy on-premise systems for at least another 10 years.  Am I a Luddite?

Sticking plaster mobile phone convergence

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I wish my mobile phone was all I needed to carry around.  OK, it is already a phone, a browser, an email device, alarm clock, twitter client, compass, satellite navigation, games console, railway timetable, newspapers and, bizarrely, a magnifying glass.  But why can’t it also be my car keys?  My TV remote?  My passport?  My wallet?

Well, Citi have contributed to the debate by offering a sticking plaster solution, both virtually and literally.  A sliver that adheres to the back of your mobile phone and enables contactless payments of up to $50 at Master Card PayPass readers.  This is a proper workaround but hopefully it is proving the need for something more strategic.

Hopefully within my lifetime, we will all have a unique identity held (securely) within our mobile phone.  Every time we buy a new device like a laptop or car, every time we are permitted access to a new office, club or country, every time we want to make a small or large payment, the infrastructure around us will adapt to us.

At the moment the supplier of the service or product grants us a single unique interface (for example a key).  The future will be citizen-centric.

Mysteries of SOA

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

I was alerted on Twitter by Corizon, the enterprise mashup company to The 9 Great Unsolved Mysteries of SOA by the ever trusty Joe McKendrick.

Here is my take.  If IT departments started listening more to what their businesses need to succeed in their own competitive environment, and less to vendor promoted architectural trends, then people would stop talking about whether SOA/Cloud/SaaS/Private Cloud/WTF is successful and move on to the much more important issue of whether businesses thrive irrespective of their choice of architecture.