Diagramming the Evolution of Computing

February 4, 2011
By djohnson

Evolution of ComputingRecently we spotted the diagram to the right on the Juha Harkonen’s Growth Strategies blog. Click the image to see a larger version on his blog.

Web Based and Cloud Connnected

The diagram shows key trends in the evolution of computing. What is not illustrated are the benefits of combining technologies. Just like inventors of today benefit from the the past hundred years of science, mankind benefits the most when technologies such as cloud computing and web based computing are combined.

The combination of web based computing and Cloud computing delivers an ideal platform for ERP and other enterprise application software. The web provides social networking, device independence, anywhere/anytime access, and much more. The Cloud provides scalability, hardware savings, and connectivity so web applications can do more with less money.

The Next Cloud

In 2010 Cloud and SaaS received a lot of attention in the media. In 2011, the attention is moving from the media to the actual delivery of services. The diagram suggests that Cloud will continue to grow through 2020, but some 2020 predictions are here today! Platform as a service (PaaS) is being delivered by Windows Azure and companies are offering services and running applications on it. There is work to be done in terms of offering utility-like platforms as well as standards for development on Cloud, but my advice is to start now because the standards will be ready much sooner than 2020.

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One Response to “ Diagramming the Evolution of Computing ”

  1. Dr. Petri I. Salonen on February 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    From a software development perspective, the future will be about software product platforms and the competition will be more about building an ecosystem on top of the platform. Software vendors (ISVs) as well as system integrators should not be building infrastructure, but focus on verticalization of the solution and building their own intellectual property on top of the platform. This is something I wrote back in my doctoral dissertation back in 2004 and it is now becoming a reality.

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