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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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Here in San Francisco, as I returned to my hotel from dinner with Redmonk's James Governor last evening, I bumped into Sun's chief open source...
With Dan Farber reviewing the future in San Diego and David Berlind delivering a reality check on Gartner presentations at the Symposium/ITxpo-side of San Francisco's Moscone Center, we're leaning on veteran software engineer, author and ZDNet blogger Ed Burnette to deliver regular reports from this week's JavaOne conference.
One of my favorite tools just got better. Answers.
Earlier this morning while getting ready to head over to the Moscone West conference center in San Francisco, I bumped into Sun's James Gosling (seen by many as the father of Java) who's in the vicinity for JavaOne (taking place next door to Gartner Symposium/ITxpo at Moscone North and South). We chatted for a while and he agreed to set aside some time for a podcast interview tomorrow.
If you believe what Gartner vice president and research fellow Martin Reynolds has to say, then we're heading for a trainwreck unless we figure out how to get the rapidly growing number of connected devices that are coming online in the next few years to operate with practically no human intervention. By operation, he's not only referring to their ability to run, but also to connect, 'Because now, like the Internet, failure doesn't matter.
Mark Anderson, host of the Future in Review conference, warmed up Michael Dell for his interview by proclaiming him the best manager in the world. The Dell founder and Chairman didn't shed too much light on challenges the company faces going into its 22 year.
Heard at Gartner (in the context of how the world's global infrastructure must scale): Currently, in the market today, there are about 1 billion computers in use. There are 2 billion cell phones in the market place and over the next few years, that's expected to climb to 3 billion (many of which will be smartphones).
Following his explanation of why commoditization in the consumer sector would wag the enterprise IT strategy dog, Gartner research chief and distinguished analyst Steve Prentice talked a bit about how software componentization and ease of user control over those software components might have a similar effect on IT strategy. When taken in the context of commoditized delivery vehicles (connectivity and devices), he called the trend consumerization.
As one of the four major pairs of themes underlying Gartner Symposium/ITxpo here in San Francisco, Gartner research chief and distinguished analyst Steve Prentice explained to attendees why the commoditization and consumerization of technology is not to be ignored an an enterprise's strategic information technology roadmap. Prentice's presentation was given as part of the event's open ceremonies.