IT Scene and Changing Trends from an Indian Perspective

Udayan Banerjee

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Way back in 1969, as a kid, I watched a very interesting movie - "2001: A Space Odyssey." It was a science fiction where a super intelligent computer program HAL is in charge of a mission to Jupiter which also carries several astronauts. The program becomes rogue and tries to kill all the astronauts. The hero survives and manages to disable the program. There is a lot more to the plot, but the fight between human and computer is still vivid in my memory. In 1969, such a scenario looked possible. After all 32 years is a lot of time given the rate of our progress. We are now in 2016, and it appears that something similar may happen in the next 32 years. Even the experts have been predicting that Artificial Intelligence or AI will happen in next 20 years. The irony is that this prediction is being made for more than 60 years now! So, earlier it was "unbelievable but v... (more)

Technology Adoption – Two Beliefs You Need to Undo

Here is further proof that “Consumerization of IT” (CoIT) is a reality. And, that has significantly altered the dynamics of technology adoption. Before I explain this shift, let us look at… How experts explain technology adoption cycle The accepted premise is that every new technology goes through the following phases: Hype: Search for next big thing leads to Hype around any new technology. Struggle: Adoption of these Bleeding Edge technologies depended on the Visionaries who had the vision, energy and money to make it work. Success: Mainstream adoption required convincing the Pr... (more)

Information Explosion – So What?

With the exponential growth of information, why are we not paralyzed yet? IDC had predicted 40-60% Y-O-Y growth of information. This translates to a ten times growth in about 6 years time. Here are some interesting analogies on information explosion from Infographic: The Information Explosion, Forecasts, and the Cloud. In spite of such growth we still continue to find that piece of information that we are looking for – we still have place to store data, picture, music, and video. We still reply to the important emails and catch up on Facebook. We are still able to afford to store... (more)

ERP on Ulitzer - Has the Time for Open Source ERP Come?

ERP Journal on Ulitzer For some time now I have been tracking the change in popularity of the top open source platform and I noticed a curious trend. At the beginning of the year ADempiere ERP was the top open source project. Looking down the list you would have found PostBooks at 8, Openbravo ERP at 9, webERP at 17 and OrangeHRM at 21. At that time it was mostly on my unconscious mind and had not “realized” it. But slowly the trend became more pronounced. Five of the top 7 open source projects are ERP. This is how it stands –order in which it is ranked in Source Forge: PostBook... (more)

Is Cloud Computing Secure?

Obviously, the answer is it depends … on your security needs … on what you are comparing it with … on which cloud offering you are looking at. Therefore, instead of providing a one word “Yes” or “No” answer let me ask you a set of questions that will help you answer the question for yourself. These questions will help you in identifying, for your given context, if the cloud application that you are evaluating is more or less secure compared to status quo or the alternatives that you are considering. The important point is to decide what threats are more significant than others a... (more)