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October 28, 2011



Really good read. Usually I get frustrated about this time of the year with all the "predictions"... everyone suddenly has a crystal ball, but, the point on simplicity alone is worth a more in-depth post. Also the prediction of purpose-driven apps in the enterprise underscores the importance of well-defined Cloud strategy in the today's enterprise. Good stuff, thank you.

Bill Sewell

Lovely ideas here - these are all current trends that haven't fully peaked yet, so they make sense to either break out next year or set the stage for much deeper cloud-level integrations. Hopefully the potential value Cloud will give way purposeful terminology, like Cloud Stack, Business 2.0 or the Small Business Web, which focuses on combining best of breed Saas services to unify internal and external business process. Simply-put, let's move away from Golfcourse-ware to AppStore-ware, where valuable data is now easy to access for businesses of any size.

Builder-brokers (or API Wranglers) should have a great future ahead. My only concern is how they can provide support across a mesh of interwoven Saas services.


Thanks for that career advice (Data Analytics). I suggested the same line to my cousin who is out of college next year. The point on internal IT staff competing for resources/ money has always been there but 'like external IT Service providers' is quite new.

zed power

I think that a new way of looking at the persistent threats looks like an interesting avenue of research



As always a great post and from where I sit I think you've hit the big ones. If you could have 11 predictions I might have added the verticalization of the cloud ... I think we are going to see more focus from a demand and supply perspective on supporting the specific needs of different verticals. Amazon's government cloud comes to mind as a good example of this and I think we'll see a lot more of this type of value add in the marketplace.

SEO Firm

I'm an old-fashioned kind of person and it drives me a little crazy that "mobile first" is the way things are going to be put out from now on. That being said, I'm probably going to have to switch over eventually and I may be glad once I did. But the transition is something I'm not looking forward to!

IT consultancy in london

Really gets the imagination going – mobile tech being prominent in 2012 particularly. Thanks for sharing, we can all learn from this article!

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
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