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The Stage is Set for the 3rd Platform Battle

I heard a story today on NPR about young blood reversing heart decline in old mice (the Radiolab podcast is here). Naturally I made the connection to the need for established high-tech companies to inject new thinking, approaches (and blood) in order to remain relevant in the era of SMACT (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the Internet of Things). For technology companies trying to Escape Velocity, it’s not just about the old business models and ways of operating vs. the new; it’s about fast vs. slow. It’s about having the vision to skate to where the puck is going early and being nimble and agile enough to make the necessary course corrections.

IDC sees 2014 as a pivotal year for cannibalization as the 2nd platform vendors attempt to adapt and remain relevant. I always enjoy the annual summary of IDC’s technology predictions by Frank Gens. Here it is:

When it comes to cloud integration, I’ve shared some thoughts on the Integrator’s Dilemma here.

In(tegrate) the Clouds Blog 2013 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2013 SaaS Industry Report

Here’s some interesting research published earlier this year on the software as a service (SaaS) market: Siemer and Associates Summer 2013 SaaS Industry Report. It includes useful regional projections as well as a breakdown by application categories: CRM, ERP, HRM. The appendix also outlines the key SaaS metrics and includes some public company comparables as well as financing and transactions.

2014 Cloud Integration Predictions from @SnapLogic

SnapLogicIntegrationCloudManeesh Joshi from SnapLogic shared his 2014 cloud integration predictions last week. They are:

  1. iPaaS makes ESBs obsolete
  2. API management and iPaaS jointly displace Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in enterprise IT
  3. IT dinosaurs face extinction; the citizen developer emerges
  4. Digital Marketing platforms take over the world
  5. The rise of the cloud data warehouse

Here’s a powerpoint overview:

Welcome to 2014 Technology Predictions Season

Here are some of the 2014 tech previews I’ve seen so far, thanks to Storify. Please add others as you see them. I’ll post mine shortly.

Top 10 Business Intelligence Trends in 2014 from Tableau

I like how Tableau created a web page and slideshare presentation for their 2014 business intelligence predictions. I also like their predictions. Here they are, with a few comments.

  1. The end of data scientists (does that mean data artisans too?)
  2. Cloud business intelligence goes mainstream (I guess I was a little early on that one – here’s an interesting cloud BI survey)
  3. Big data finally goes to the sky (go Redshift!)
  4. Predictive analytics goes mainstream (hmmm…I still remember “Data Mining for the Masses” circa 1998 with BusinessObjects Business Miner)
  5. Agile BI extends its lead (is there one BI vendor that doesn’t call their tools agile?)
  6. Embedded BI begins to emerge (Good news for JasperSoft, given they’ve been talking about this for years.)
  7. Story telling becomes a priority (In other words, stop talking speeds and feeds and discuss outcomes – as suggested recently by Ken Rudin)
  8. Mobile BI becomes the primary experience (Michael Saylor has to be happy about this prediction – has anyone read The Mobile Wave?)
  9. Organizations begin to analyst social data in earnest (Is Earnest was a new flavor or Hadoop?)
  10. NoSQL is the new Hadoop (not sure what the angle here is for Tableau, but sure.)

Here’s the presentation with more details.

Talking Cloud Integration at #DF13

Here’s a quick interview I did with Matt Childs from Vidcaster on the show floor at Dreamforce 2013:

Last week I interviewed Jeff Kaplan from THINKstrategies to get his views on the conference and what was announced. Some of the highlights are here. The slides we reviewed are below.


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