During a recent discussion with a friend about how much technology is changing our lives, he pointed out to me the fate of the VP of Electricity. My first reaction was, “Who?” Apparently, once upon a time, each company had its own generators that provided electricity for the company. So the VP of Electricity literally “kept the lights on”. This must have been an extremely important job. The business relied on them similar to the way … [Read more...]
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Ok, I admit it, I am not an Early Adopter when it comes to technology adoption and I’m not even sure if I’m in the Early Majority. For someone who is in the technology industry, that was hard to admit (I hope I don’t lose my job over it!) I’ve often wondered why I am this way. I love technology! I got my undergrad in engineering. I worked a decade in R&D. But in my personal life, I am a terribly pragmatic person. If I … [Read more...]
I studied physics in college, but I’ve never particularly used it other than for the occasional IKEA project. When you think about it though, physics can be used to describe certain business and market trends. For example, classical mechanics provides a unique perspective when analyzing the lifecycle of technological innovations, particularly those from established companies. Let’s borrow three physics concepts for the purposes of this … [Read more...]
The phrase 'new normal' has been used a lot in technology, marketing and even has it's own TV show on NBC (I've never seen it). The term 'New Normal' is fine for understanding what is happening today, but CIO's really need to focus on a few things when planning for 'the NEXT-Normal' . BE LEAN Why plan for the Next-Normal? Because it will be here much faster than you can imagine. Business and technology trends are moving so quickly, … [Read more...]
Here are this relevant week's tech stories from the editor: Facebook’s Android app now tracks which apps you use Facebook’s privacy issues look like they’re here to stay as they launch “Home” for Android. Facebook has confirmed their new Home app collects and catalogs a list of previously used apps on users’ Android phones. This development seems unlikely to mitigate critics’ complaints that Facebook is a serious threat to its … [Read more...]
There is a great presentation that some of my colleagues created about what is happening in the tech market and what that means to IT. In a nut shell, IT has to adapt quickly to an entirely new way of working with new skill sets and responsibilities. If they can’t, they’ll go the way of roles such as the Head of Electricity or Keypunch Operator. Personally, I haven’t seen those titles on any job boards recently. But the … [Read more...]
Here are this relevant week's tech stories from the editor: Apple Devices Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013 A new projection from market research firm Gartner estimates, for the first time, that Apple will outsell it’s rival OS, Windows, this year. Apple’s sales takes into account their highly successful tablets, iPad and iPad Mini, as well as their desktops and smartphones. Last year, iOS devices just missed Windows sales--159 … [Read more...]
Many years ago, as I was starting out in this industry, I had a conversation with an AT&T network guru. He told me in no uncertain terms that for personal computers, 1Mb per second was the limit for broadband wireless networks. Anything more than that would require so much infrastructure, and consume so much power, that it would be totally impractical and uneconomic. But as I write this blog, I’m getting 5Mb/s plus on AT&T’s mobile … [Read more...]
When was the last time someone offered you $25 for that Pentium III laptop you’re keeping in the basement? (You were sure it would become a valuable antique). On a similar note, when was the last time you could buy a state-of-the-art, credit-card-sized single-board computer for under $35? You read that right. And, it comes to us from the UK, makers of other cutting-edge technology, like Triumph motorcycles and Jaguar … [Read more...]
One of the most difficult projects I’ve ever worked on was transitioning to a new document storage and collaboration system. And I’ve been lucky enough to do it 3 times. The reasons for the change range from technology becoming outdated to simply a shift in power (and opinion on the best technology). System change number 4 is looming on the horizon so I decided to think through the previous implementations and come up with my own set of … [Read more...]