Dion Hinchcliffe

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Dion Hinchcliffe is an expert in information technology, business strategy, and next-generation enterprises. He is currently VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research as well as Chief Strategy Officer at 7Summits. A veteran of enterprise IT, Dion has been working for two decades with leading-edge methods to bridge the widening gap between business and technology. He has extensive practical experience with enterprise technologies and he consults, advises, and writes prolifically on social business, IT, and enterprise architecture. Dion still works in the trenches with clients in the Fortune 1000, government, and Internet startup community. He is also a sought-after keynote speaker and is co-author of several books on 2.0 subjects including Web 2.0 Architectures from O'Reilly as well as the best-selling Social Business By Design from John Wiley & Sons (May, 2012.)

Dion's Current and Past Clients: AIIM, AOL, Alcatel-Lucent, Best Buy, CBS Interactive, JackBe ING, Intuit, Microsoft, Nexplore, Qualcomm, T. Rowe Price, Techweb, The World Bank, 1105 Media Reply Italy, O'Reilly Media, LG CNS, LMI, Accenture, 2BeWise, 4Sports LLC, Gucci, IBM, Incubeta, Kapow Technologies, Mansueto Digital, Near-Time, nGenera, Swisscom, Sys-Con, Viscape, Coca-Cola, McKinsey & Company, Hasbro, CDW, IDG

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Some predictions for the coming 'mashosphere'

Some predictions for the coming 'mashosphere'

As MashupCamp gets into full swing today, I thought I'd try my hand at projecting current trends forward and seeing how the mashup world might look in the near future. The fact is that the services and data available all over the Web, and inside our own organizations, are now just too tempting a target as significant new source material for our software efforts.

February 20, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Online Ajax "desktops" try to change the rules of the game

Online Ajax "desktops" try to change the rules of the game

As the Web matures into a richly intertwined ecosystem of shared content and open services, what some call The Web As Platform, some innovative companies are beginning to offer potentially disruptive products that leverage the Web's growing "platformness". Increasing in popularity in particular are what some people call Ajax desktops, or personalized start pages.

February 12, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Web interface extremes: Ajax or online command-line

Web interface extremes: Ajax or online command-line

I write often here about the future of software and the Web; two subjects growing ever more inextricably linked as the Internet evolves and as our expectations and habits evolve along with it. While the Web now offers a level of user interface diversity that's almost beyond comprehension, the edge cases of even our common experiences continue to widen. Some of us have started noticing that our Web experiences have become spread across two well-defined extremes, and not necessarily in a bad way.

April 23, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Information portability, trust, and an Online Software 'Bill of Rights'

Information portability, trust, and an Online Software 'Bill of Rights'

The online social software services like del.icio.us let us do a remarkable thing. They create another good reason to store our data online for all to share. I can't tell you how many times I've made terrific discoveries because of del.icio.us/popular or Blinklist. And then added those discoveries to my own bookmarks, further increasing the public pool of knowledge. These relevance engines really do make excellent use of the data that we publicly conglomerate on these types of sites. The point here is that the value of software and data online is often much greater than the value of software and information offline.

March 6, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

The quest for enterprise mashup tools

The quest for enterprise mashup tools

The recent round of discussion of enterprise mashups has been a good one, lead primarily by a stellar write-up recently by Galen Gruman, and highlights a phenomenon that is nigh upon us. As part of tracking this, I've been spending the better part of the last couple of months searching high and low for good quality tools that let anyone build enterprise-quality mashups, and I can safely report here that there are only a few.

August 6, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

The coming RIA wars: A roundup of the Web's new face

The coming RIA wars: A roundup of the Web's new face

A host of powerful new methods for rapidly creating compelling browser-based software (aka Rich Internet Applications) have recently come to market, or are rapidly heading there. While the technique getting the most press by far these days is still Ajax, there are a number of new approaches that are intent on dislocating this often finicky and hard to work with -- though very powerful -- browser software model. The goal? To help us more easily develop the next generation of Web applications that are every bit as good as or better than desktop PC applications.

September 11, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Identity 1.x: Microsoft Live ID and Google Accounts

Identity 1.x: Microsoft Live ID and Google Accounts

Many digital identity and Web 2.0 watchers have been tracking Microsoft and Google's recent efforts to achieve leadership in the potentially high-stakes world of Web-based identity. The goal: To provide a single, common user credential that is trusted, secure, and widely supported across the Web and within enterprises. The advantages and disadvantages of each firms' approach highlights an area of Web 2.0 that is very much in flux and without a clear outcome...

July 6, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

OpenAjax Alliance matures; puts focus on enterprise Ajax

OpenAjax Alliance matures; puts focus on enterprise Ajax

David Boloker, CTO for Emerging Internet Technology at IBM and one of the spearheads behind the OpenAjax Alliance, gave a presentation today at Real-World Ajax here in New York City summarizing the organization's accomplishments over the last few months. Ostensibly formed to ensure the Ajax market doesn't fragment into incompatible toolkits, standards, and approaches, the initiative seems to have matured considerably into a detailed strategy for making Ajax a capable new Web platform for online software.

June 5, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Web 2.0 as the Jerry Maguire of software

Web 2.0 as the Jerry Maguire of software

Ex-Microsoft uberblogger and Podtech executive Robert Scoble is starting to really feel the weight of responsibility when running a Web startup. Investors have provided cash flow to speculate on the company's prospects and now it's up to him to find a way to make it all work. Pointing to a great write-up on the challenges of Web 2.0 revenue by Ajit Joakar, Robert's mind is clearly on how he's going make it happen.

July 21, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Balkanizing RSS and the risks to the information ecosystem

Balkanizing RSS and the risks to the information ecosystem

I've been following Dave Winer's various work for years now but none of it has been quite as interesting as watching the political imbroglios surrounding RSS 2.0. The RSS format itself is something that is still creeping onto the radar of users in the mainstream but it's something we will all get increasingly familiar with in the coming years. And Dave has been a faithful steward of the current RSS specification, which has become a platform in its own right that thousands of people have invested countless hours and financial resources in and millions of people use daily, whether they know it or not.

February 27, 2006 by in Enterprise Software