Getting ready for the third “Industrial Revolution”: Database 2010-2015

I searched the internet for “connect and forget”. Wonderbox.net offer is described as a “revolutionary computer server”… I think of wonderbox as a “computing appliance”, but Wikipedia limits the definition to storage and network only. The endpoints are better defined: The PC continues being the most productive device to create digital content while information appliances…

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Database automation and appliances

10 years ago IT professionals considered database technology “mature” and analysts were preparing to slide it into a commodity status… But on the Exabyte era, we depend on databases to run packaged applications, custom solutions, end customer data storage and the web itself. Managing hundreds of TBs continues a challenge to traditional software-only solutions Reference…

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The application platform for the “Unlimited information” era

“The information age is an idea that the current era will be characterized by the ability of individuals to transfer information freely, and to have instant access to knowledge that would have been very difficult or impossible to find previously” Wikipedia. Computer miniaturization advances plus the internet reaching a critical mass is shaping the modern…

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The ‘addicted to data’ decade is still in its infancy

“Content is king” is the golden rule of the SEO. The semantic web is all about data.  Any web or traditional application has no value without data. Few people have discussed the future of Data, Pat Halland being one of the most prolific ones. Data is and will be everything: An internet scale document living…

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Is Microsoft “years behind” in cloud apps?

Microsoft is associated almost exclusively with Windows and Office. Unfortunately a lot more innovation areas are not well known… Is Microsoft losing the cloud apps? Let me share with you the perspective that I have as owner of the Microsoft Cloud initiative for Latin America: On March 4, 2010 Steve Ballmer announced that moving forward,…

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Opportunities in (I.T.) Chaos

I just finished reading “The next wave of technologies” by Phil Simon. A great read! It proposes a new Enterprise 2.0 – not related to earlier Web 2.0 related definitions: IT organizations will adopt several new technologies. Cloud computing. No need to provide more details on this one, benefits outweigh problems. PCs took over 10…

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The Web 3.0 has finally arrived… It’s The Cloud

The 2008 trending topic everyone was talking about was the Web 2.0. On October 23 that same year, Amazon EC2 dropped the Beta label and the story accelerated: Less than 4 months after commercial availability of elastic computing there were over 22 definitions for Cloud computing. Today, there is still no common understanding for the…

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Creative disruption 2010-2020: Contextual IT

The 12th Annual Emerging Technologies Update Day @ Wharton was very helpful on helping us not forget how IT is evolving longer term: Microprocessor. Workloads that required 200 servers 5 years ago can now be executed with only on 13 servers. An increase of 15X computing power on the period 2005-2010 by reducing the size…

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A social media ecosystem maturity model

How is Social Media evolving on emerging countries? What countries are leading and how they compare between them? It’s common to find basic benchmarking on the web: total number of facebook users, twitter activity and other. But research on new technologies is always limited on emerging countries. Let me propose a model for evaluating the…

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Favorite lists of the end of the decade

Social Media provides at the end of the year more than enough materials similar to “best of the year”, “top 10 mistakes”, "10 reasons” and other lists. In fact, I liked two more than any others and can also recommend a third one on the decade that ends in 2010: The decade in Management Ideas…

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