Hybrid Utility Architecture

Nicholas Carr writes:

To put it another way, larger companies are reconfiguring their traditional IT assets as centralized internal utilities and then drawing in new or improved IT capabilities from outside utility suppliers such as SaaS firms. This hybrid utility architecture, as I would term it, enables much greater efficiency in running mature enterprise applications while also allowing companies to tap into the new generation of true Internet-based software. The hybrid model also provides a way for CIOs to defuse the tension between IT Departments focused on legacy applications and employees looking for new Web 2.0 capabilities – a tension that Peter Rip describes very well.

SaaS is looking more and more like the pivot between the IT of the past and the IT of the future.

Future Mobiles

[via Kingsley Dennis] The Age writes:

Voice will remain the “killer application” on the phone but, increasingly, the handset will provide a multitude of internet-based services, most of which have not yet come on to the market.

The mobile phone will become your ticket on the train and tram, it will pay for your breakfast muffin and coffee and, according to Visa and MasterCard, it could even take over the functions of your credit card.

You can already buy tickets over the phone, but we will see the phone becoming a payment method itself, according to Vodafone’s Victorian general manager Edward Goff. The phone will hold the credit so the Visas and the MasterCards will be doing deals to make the payment method fully integrated with the phone.

Air Taxis and Edge Disruption

[via Anish] business2blog writes: “If you think about the air travel system as a massive network, the air taxi providers will be building their businesses at the current edges of the network. (It is at the edges where industry disruptions tend to get started). These business are all about edge competencies and coordination economiesthat is, they hope to be coordinating latent demand for air travel at the edges of the curent air travel network.”