Augmented Reality – The Journey So Far

A few months back a colleague handed me a report published by Juniper Research on mobile augmented reality (AR). The report predicted mobile based AR apps to witness 1.4 billion downloads by 2015 – a business worth $1.5 billion approximately.

I dropped my jaw and gawked at Juniper’s report. My reaction had nothing to do with the figures contained in there. I have never doubted AR’s potential all this while. In fact, somehow I have always known that one day AR was going to be big – probably too big to handle. Rather it was a surreal feeling for me. I was like ‘yay I was right about AR.’

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Technology Change Management

A few days back, I came across news of a raging storm uprooting some giant oak trees and blocking off traffic for several hours. Initially, I didn’t bat an eyelash or gawk at nature’s fury. But then a very quirky thought came to my mind. I thought ‘how come I have never read about bamboo trees getting uprooted’. The answer was staring right back at me. Bamboo trees survive the worst of storms because of their agility and ability to adapt.

We as enterprises need to be more like bamboo trees and less like oak trees. The more rigid we are in our ways and processes the more likely we are to lose our footing. But if we are open to new technologies, processes, and experiences, we have a far better chance of surviving and thriving.

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Open Innovation – The New Aha!

While we have been spending time dealing with innovation and innovation management, a new trend has snuck up on us called ‘open innovation’. The term was first coined by author Henry Chesbrough in his path-breaking book Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology.

The book brought to attention the growing but subtle trend of companies drifting away from closed R&D and adopting a more open innovation process. Enterprises have always worked hand-in-glove with external partners like universities to match steps with the latest and greatest in research. But open innovation brings in a whole another dimension.

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SaaS Governance

The end of April 2011 witnessed an interesting event. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service was struck by a large scale outage that lasted for 4 long days. While Amazon scampered around to deal with the worst outage in cloud’s history, the world watched on with fascinated horror. Nobody had ever thought that a cloud computing giant like Amazon would encounter an outage. But it did and it took down almost 70 sites with it including bigwigs like FourSquare, Reddit, Quora, parts of New York Times, and more.

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Cloudburst – The Rise of Hybrid Clouds

Until recently the world of IT was going gaga over public cloud computing. The IT guys were blindsided by the possibilities the public clouds offered. But in 2010, when some of the IT directors blew the whistle on security concerns of public clouds, the focus shifted to private clouds. And now we have something called ‘cloudburst’ staring right at us.

But what is a cloudburst? Cloudburst is a strategy wherein the enterprises when they run out of capacity on their internal cloud resources pass on the additional workload to the external resources. This ‘bursting’ of additional workload from internal to external resources is called cloudburst.

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