A few great articles
Cnet: Gartner: Prepare for consumer-led IT
This predictions suggestions that employees will move towards consumer (web 2.0) web applications and away from central IT ERP applications. In many cases, IT departments are too slow on awareness, understanding, and deployment of some tools that are now available for free and easily. Of course this raises all kinds of issues with security, integration, identity, and control over time. I wrote about it earlier this year.
Cnet: ‘Office 2.0′ start-ups knock on business doors
The future of the business applications could harness the internet as the computing platform. I like this quote from the Office 2.0 conference site
“Imagine a computer that never crashes, or gets infected by a virus. Imagine a computer onto which you never have to install any application. Imagine a computer that follows you wherever you go, be it at school, at work, abroad, or back home. This computer does not exist today, but it will in the future, and this future might be much closer than you think.”
Cnet: AJAX spurs Web rebirth for desktop apps
Ajax is a technology that provides Rich Interface Applications, so that web pages no longer have to ‘refresh’ but will emmulate smoother desktop applications for heavy data and high transaction websites. Have you seen my notes from the AJAX world conference keynote? Oh, by the way web developers, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Yahoo: Web Overtakes Newspapers in Europe
Web overtakes newspaper consumption, but TV still has stronghold at home. Let’s not forget the cost difference between internet and TV advertising. Also the web is highly targeted.