In today’s computing world, it can often feel like we are drowning in wave after wave of new trends such as mashups, service oriented architecture and cloud computing. This sea of concepts is simply the manifestation of an underlying change in IT. Our industry is moving from a product to a service based economy. This shift is a result of the commoditization of IT, but then again not all IT is being commoditized, some is still an innovation, isn’t it?
This talk will explore this issue. We will first introduce the main concepts behind commoditization and innovation before explaining what is going on in IT. Focusing on the field of cloud computing we will examine the benefits and downsides of this change and how standardization can create more innovation and not less. We will then dive into the management challenges this brings, why open source is essential for the future and why you have little choice but to adapt.
Finally, we will use all of these ideas to explore mechanisms for coping with this constant change.
Simon Wardley is a researcher for the Leading Edge Forum focused on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies. Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, retail, and IT industries—from Canon’s early leadership in the cloud-computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the #1 cloud operating system. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination for economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether in behavioral patterns, the environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems, or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure, and cybernetics.
Simon’s most recent published research, “Clash of the Titans: Can China Dethrone Silicon Valley?,” assesses the high-tech challenge from China and what this means to the future of global technology industry competition. His previous research covers topics including the nature of technological and business change over the next 20 years, value chain mapping, strategies for an increasingly open economy, Web 2.0, and a lifecycle approach to cloud computing. Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide and has been voted one of the UK’s top 50 most influential people in IT in Computer Weekly’s 2011 and 2012 polls.
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