Tech Crunch noted ten technology trends changing enterprise IT yesterday. The list of ten enterprise IT trends has some old (by now) standards, and few new developments…
1. Cloud computing
2. Virtualizing everything
3. New IT buyers – departments making their own purchases
4. Rise of inside and web-based sales – fewer sales people
5. Land and expand sales model – use of free trials, freemium pricing and the like allows customers to try you out
6. Reimagining enterprise workflows – can you run your whole business from a smart phone?
7. Security moves beyond the perimeter – you need security at internal points as well
8. Data the new competitive advantage – InsideSales.com mined data to discover that a sales rep who responds within 5 minutes to a lead increases the sale rate by 10X
9. Speed kills your competitors
10. Consumer quality interfaces – employees expect internal interfaces to match the quality of their consumer experiences
Check out the full piece here for more explanation.
Back in 2012 the U.S. Census bureau released numbers forecasting that, in the U.S., the non-Hispanic white population – the historical majority – will peak in 2024 at 244 million. That demographic group will then begin a slow decline in actual numbers while the former minority groups continue to grow, until minorities become the majority around the year 2043. This is a well known forecast, but the deeper meanings of this change for the country are under explored.
Paul de Lumen, Futuro Media Group photo
Right now, PBS is running an 8-episode series that digs into this impending demographic shift, called America by The Numbers. As the host, Maria Hinojosa notes, the standard media treatment of demographic change is that it is something to fear. But, she argues, “I think what we’re trying to do with our television series is in fact put a mirror up to our country. And if we are already in fact the country that is incredibly diverse — in many cities, already majority non-white — then why are we fearful for something that is already happening?”
I think the most fundamental question as this demographic shift takes place is whether and how the emerging majority will participate in the democratic process, both voting and running for office. Right now there are frantic efforts by the political right in the U.S. to discourage and where possible prevent people in the emerging majority from voting. If such efforts succeed for a while, then we may see much less political change than might be expected.
What do you think will be the impacts of this ongoing and fundamental change to a more diverse U.S. population?
Tomorrow, September 19, 2014 Alibaba, the Chinese Amazon-like company, makes its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. The IPO is anticipated to be the largest ever. This is just another, though powerful, indicator of the rise of China, and Asia more generally. What does this mean for the future?
Now Forecasting Net has published an interesting piece on the rise and fall of modern empires, suggesting that forecasting tools could see this coming long ago. The article is accompanied by this chart…
This a truly astonishing video, published by Nature video, based on research led by Brent Tully, University of Hawaii. Watch, and marvel at how dense and connected the universe is, note that star clusters move toward each other as well as away, and of course ask, can we really be alone in all this vastness?
Ht to Lloyd Walker of the APF for calling attention to this video, posted at BusinessInsider.
Shapeways is a company bringing 3D printing to the masses. I am curious as to how large an impact 3D printing will really have on manufacturing, and how soon. Recently, spending some time teaching strategic thinking to Saint Gobain, a couple of manufacturing researchers in the class confirmed for me that they are using 3D printing more and more and in fact expect it to become faster, and more widely used than I had suspected.
Imagine a world where many products are manufactured on demand, in the local equivalent of a Kinkos copy store. Imagine the ability to tweak the design yourself, if you want, before you hit the print button. This future may be coming sooner than we think.