Special Report: The Future of Software

17 thoughts on “Special Report: The Future of Software”

  1. Great idea! Look forward to reading these reports.

    Topic for future reports: gadgets, of course. And, you could report on different categories of gadgets: communication gadgets, entertainment gadgets, productivity gadgets, etc.

  2. very cool – though i’d much prefer a sponsored-only plan, as i’m not so sure that having you turn into a mini-forrester will have the greatest impact on the many other things you’ve got your hands on (wouldn’t presume to know shit, but feels like you’re spreading yourself thin these days)…

    btw, it would be great if you could recap some of the ongoing highlights in your new tv show – that’d be a cool topic, or maybe the writers could give 1 minute snapshots…

  3. Who are you guys to say what the ‘future of software’ is?

    When was the last time anyone writing for that mini-site developed anything of note? or created any technology that gained any sort of traction?

    Seems like a ploy just to create more blog-estate.

  4. Sounds interesting…

    Here’s another topic suggestion: encrypted file sharing within private networks; today, lots of people are preferring to stay within the safety of a circle of friends/family/coworkers when sharing files, as opposed to freely exchanging data with complete strangers. Several companies are popping up that do this, including my company’s GigaTribe: http://www.gigatribe.com (shameless, I know!)

  5. Nima: Perhaps you don’t know my background.

    I led the team at Oracle that integrated its ERP and CRM apps and produced Oracle’s customer data hub, now in widespread use and rated by Gartner as being in the “magic quadrant” in its category.

    I managed the development of a natural hazard risk assessment system that went on to be acquired by a major reinsurer and now is used across the U.S. in rating risk due to earthquakes and hurricanes.

    I have worked on numerous custom software development projects on Unix and Windows using a wide variety of tools and platforms and I continue to use web technologies today for a variety of projects.

    I have worked as an industry analyst and currently work as an independent consultant advising software companies on the social web.

    Who is to say what the future of software is? No one has a crystal ball but those of us in the field may have something useful to contribute to keep the conversation going.

  6. Nima,

    of course, you are making a snap judgement without even waiting for the full series to unfold. Which is fine, but if you clicked through Anne’s bio, and bios of who are going to be writing the pieces, you would be able to get answers to your questions/reservations.

  7. Hi Om,

    I haven’t seen anyone do a full-on wide-spectrum analysis of web-based computing, it’s always seen just as things like webex or office apps, but not about the physical infrastructure, platforms, and how in the future things will be unversally available dynamically and ubiquitously.

    Oh, and how, any company depending on sales of indivdual sales, software or hardware, is potentially screwed eg. Avid versus the potential of Forscene from Forbidden Technologies
    ( http://www.forscene.net , http://www.forbidden.co.uk )

    Also, the potential of the humble (“dumb”) set-top box when the network gains collective intelligence.

    And how the mobile with wfi, touch-screen and 80gb hard-drives + projector screens/dvi-output will be able to replace so many of our digital products combined beyond anything the iphone might do.

    Haptics/interfaces.

    Storage tech.

    inter-connects: no one cares about the most mundane, but important stuff about this digital world.

    Spectrum: usage, efficiency and saturation.

    Yours kindly,

    Shakir Razak

  8. @Om & @Anne,

    Yes my judgement was ‘snap’ but as any web worker daily reader will tell you most 99.9 percent of web judgments are snap.

    I clicked the link I saw Anne’s name , a name I had seen around here before. I googled her name I couldn’t find a CV or any background info just blog postings in or around the Om’osphere as I call it.

    I’m sure it will be a great feature, but when you role out a mini site with a title like ‘the future of software’ you might wanna make the writers bios more prevalent. Like make Anne’s byline a link to her bio.

  9. Om & Gang,

    Been reading the posts on the mini site. Thanks. What ever happened to the nice pdf download on the Future of Software you promised when kicking this off.

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