Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CIO focus in 2010 - Light-weight Services
I agree with the results of the Gartner study reviewed in this Infoworld article. Small, very focused projects are getting prioritized. Our 2010 roadmap is filled with smaller projects.

According to the Gartner survey, the top 10 technology priorities for 2010 are (our top 5 are in bold):
  1. virtualization
  2. cloud computing
  3. "Web 2.0" collaborative technologies
  4. networking and VoIP
  5. analytics and business intelligence
  6. mobile
  7. data and document storage and management
  8. services and service-oriented architecture
  9. security technologies
  10. IT management
They do not explicitly mention it, but we have seen an uptick in the adoption of SAAS products that can be deployed quickly. We are more focused on SAAS over SOA.

Friday, January 08, 2010

CES 2010
I really enjoyed my trip to CES after 2 years.

What I loved:
  • 3D Plasma TVs from Panasonic; 6.9 mm thin LED TV from LG (I did not manage to check-out Sony's 3D TVs)
  • 3D movies (clip from How to train a Dragon from Dreamworks)
  • real-time 3D movie editing on Intel platforms
  • Project Natal (coverage on cnet) at Microsoft (human body as game controller)
  • Nokia's approach to impacting the lives of the poorest while building a very successful global company (Project Progress with lonely planet has some excellent stories and videos)

What I Liked:

So What?

  • Microsoft Windows 7 and Zune HD
  • Intel Appup
  • CE companies have suddenly turned green
  • PCs and TVs will seamlessly inter-connect and that is useful

Big Disappointments:

  • No Apple, Google, Dell, HP, etc.
  • Lack of tablet PCs
  • eReaders
  • Lack of Mobile Software Companies at CES
  • Power outage before the first keynote

Cool Geek Toys

  • Parrot AR.Drone controlled by an iPhone
  • Cool Robots from Japan (mainly toys)
I also tweeted from the conference.