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Whither IT? Disruptive change is shaking IT industry to the core. What are the investable trends?

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  • The Future of the Future Whither IT? Paul Kedrosky February 20, 2007
  • Some Discussion “What Ifs”
    • What if …
      • A lot of what we know is wrong
        • Corporate IT isn’t dead
        • Storage isn’t over
        • Microsoft doesn’t matter
        • Google isn’t all-powerful
        • Consumers aren’t that hard to market to
        • Telecom is set for a resurgence
  • Some Contrarian “What Ifs”
    • What if …
      • A lot of what is ‘hot’ isn’t
        • RSS
        • Photo sharing
        • Social networks
        • YouTubes of
      • Some things are gone forever
        • Binary apps
        • Siloed enterprise apps
  • Some Things to Look For
    • Lightweight modular software
      • Mash-ups using SOA versus monolithic enterprise apps
    • Short sales cycle – 3-9 months at most
    • Disruptive technology or business solution
      • Create new markets
      • Or, transform a $10B market to $1B
    • And the usual
      • People and market
      • Growth and momentum
  • Gartner 2007 Overview
  • Consumers: Pace of Diffusion
  • Consumer Technologies Took Walkman 10 years to reach same cumulative sales milestone!
  • Networking/Communications
  • Open Source
  •  
  • Traffic Changes
    • Significant increase in traffic
    • Increase in per-flow bandwidth
    • Increase in per-flow duration
  • Network Snapshot
    • Companies
      • Limelight CDN estimates 150Gbps traffic (just launched terrabyte network)
      • YouTube 20Gbps within first year, going to 80Gbps build just for near-term growth
    • Trends
      • Many analysts “conservatively” forecasting near-term traffic growth of 75% y-o-y
  • Surprised in the Enterprise
  • Misplaced Priorities?
  • Slow E2.0
  • Consumers & Mobile
    • By 2010 there will exist about 5 billion "mobile endpoints," or devices ranging from digital music players and camera phones to gaming consoles and Web-enabled cars.
  • Sensors & Ubiquitous Computing
    • Just as the personal computer was a symbol of the ’80s, and the symbol of the ’90s is the World Wide Web, the next nonlinear shift, is going to be the advent of cheap sensors.
    • -Paul Saffo, Institute for the Future
  • Online Advertising
  • Spam & Zombies
  • “Out There” Stuff
    • “ Data-aware” computing
      • Scientific workflows automatically migrate towards systems where the required datasets already reside or can be quickly obtained
    • High Throughput Genomics
      • Next generation sequencing technologies causing massive increase in the sheer volume of data available to researchers
      • A single lab machine produces around 1 billion bases per day
      • Data centers can’t keep up
    • Predictive and systems biology
      • Increasing trend toward data-driven drug discovery
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