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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)

Cloud Computing Strategy

(5sahjdcb8k) This post is triggered by John Gannon asking me a question about “the implication of VMware acquisition of Spring Source?” VMware: I already have the most popular virtualization software and I will integrate Spring Source and create the best PaaS offering. Amazon EC2: I am extending my cloud facility to a virtual private environment so that you security concerns are taken care. Microsoft: I am giving you a platform which is very similar to what you use so that you can seamlessly extend your application to the cloud and even the developers can continue to use the same s... (more)

To MDM or Not to MDM?

If your company is planning to implement MDM (Mobile Device Management) it may get a strong feeling of getting stifled at work. This would especially be true if your phone is not company provided. And you would be justified. On the other hand your company is also justified in wanting to ensure the security of its network and its corporate data. Nothing short of these draconian measures can really be secure enough. So… If the gap between what the organization want and what you would feel comfortable with is so large, how do we find a common ground? MDM products need to evolve a l... (more)

Enterprise 2.0 Gets a Fillip

So Microsoft has spent USD 1.2 billion to buy Yammer. Few days back Salesforce acquired Buddy Media for USD 0.689 billion and about a month back Oracle acquired Vitrue for about USD 0.3 billion. That makes the Microsoft acquisition of Yammer the 3rd social media startup acquisition in last one month and a total spending of around USD 2.2 billion. So is this a trend of Enterprise software players moving into Social Media space? Incidentally, about a year back Microsoft had paid USD 8.5 billion for the Skype. Technology that businesses need and people love That is what Steve Ballm... (more)

Technology Update (2012 Q2) – Key Trends and Events

June 6, 2012 was the iPv6 day – we no longer have to worry about running out of IP addresses. World IPv6 Launch: June 6: The Internet Society, an international nonprofit organization that advises on Web standards, policy and education, has selected June 6, 2012, as the World IPv6 launch day. This date will mark the beginning of a new phase in the life of the Internet, when IPv6 begins to become a normal part of the Internet experience for everyone—taking over from IPv4. Not only is it the end of iPv4 era it also is the end of IE era – Chrome first overtook IE on Sundays! Chrome... (more)