” We are in the middle of a $600 billion disruption, but hardly anyone has noticed. The once-staid world of enterprise computing is in silent convulsions, with incumbent giants being assaulted by startups that are building from scratch for a new era …”
Excellent article in PandoDaily about the shifting tides and future of enterprise software – the writer does an excellent job of catching the currents that are sweeping through the sea of software, and foreseeing the waves that will bang against the shores of the current powers that be. There is no turning back the clock on technology – we all know that. And it’s also hard to predict and bet on specific winners. But the general trend is clear and powerful.
What’s amazing about what is happening around us is that we are in the midst of not just one major disruption by actually 4 concurrent major disruptions and that’s why I don’t even call it a disruption – it’s a full blown revolt, a revolution – we are witnessing the combined tidal wave of of mobile, social, cloud computing AND web-based software (SaaS) sweeping away the conventions of yesterday and dictating a new future of rapid and continuous change, fast development cycles and the appearance of new players who are rewriting the rules. Who would have thought that Yammer would be such a major Microsoft purchase? It is for one great reason – they are part of a global community of software companies that are rewriting the rules of how to do business, how to be productive, how to communicate within the enterprise.
Many IT departments and CIOs may still be reluctant to embrace the change (don’t get me wrong…I have found many very open-minded visionaries who ‘get it’ too – and many are TOA’s customers…) but when I say revolution, I am not thinking about them. I am thinking about the CIOs of tomorrow. 10 years from now. THOSE CIOs may be 26 or 28 or 30 today. Facebook is a part of their lives from the age of 18 or 20, they don’t remember a time before the Internet…what kind of enterprise software are THEY going to buy?
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