Daniel Taylor writes about the requirements:
* Improved, enterprise-class help desk and customer support.
* Separation of business and personal liability on mobile devices used in work environments.
* The current inability of IT departments to actively manage mobile users.
* The breakdown of the user/payer model in enabling IT enforcement of corporate mobility policies.
* The cost of international roaming.
* The lack of integration between carrier services for voice and data, even for services delivered to a single device.
* The lack of integration between carrier and enterprise networks for mobile applications.
* The limit of behind-the-firewall connectivity to only a handful of mobile users.
From the list of 2007 predictions by Dion Hinchcliffe:
Not a dent will be made in 2007 in the installed base of pre-existing collaborative tools such as e-mail, telephone, and IM. But the groundwork will be laid for a noticeable shift in 2008 as managers and workers discover the advantages of increased corporate knowledge retention, far better location of relevant business information, and emergent structure in terms of tagging and linking. And I suspect that tools that integrate e-mail, telephone, and IM into Enterprise 2.0 environments will see the biggest early success.
Enterprise 2.0 and Office 2.0 will face off as leading new terms for online business software and no one will win. Enterprise 2.0 is a broad a term that with it’s automatic association with organization-scale back-end systems will struggle to maintain it’s particular niche in freeform, emergent, social software tools for knowledge managements. Office 2.0 is a nice sized umbrella but tends to refer too much to the client-side aspect and not enough on the back office side. Will they merge or just remain convenient short-hand that evolves through next year? The label debate is important because we need effective short-hand labels to identify the fast moving trends in our industry and for now my vote is with the latter trend.
[via Sadagopan] Robert Metcalfe says: “From my point of view, there’s little new in IT, particularly in enterprise software. Video might take Computerworld readers by surprise. There are three major forces – video, mobility and embedded – all three of which are nipping at the edge of IT. Video burdens IP networks, and they haven’t quite seen the value proposition, but CIOs will eventually have to embrace it instead of fighting it. For mobility, the platform of choice is increasingly cell phones and less desktops. Cell phones are now a platform for enterprise applications. Embedded software, such as RFID, hasn’t quite made it yet. To make enterprise applications more aware of inventory or the supply chain through RFID and sensor networks – of the three things, this is the furthest away from impacting CIOs.”
[via Sadagopan] Forbes writes in a story entitled “Consultants from Chennai”: “The top five Indian players in consulting (Tata, Infosys, Wipro, Satyam and HCL Technologies) have averaged 30% revenue growth this year, while the largest U.S. players have averaged just 4%, according to Datamonitor senior analyst Patrick O’Brien. The Indian firms see consulting work as a way to maintain their competitive edge in the face of wage inflation in India and the rise of Chinese data processing firms. The labor arbitrage is not what it used to be. Wages for project managers in India have increased 23% per year from 2000 to 2004, while salaries for programmers have increased at a 13% pace, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.”