If there was one company that has contributed the most towards mobilizing today’s enterprise, from a smart device point of view, I would have to say it is Apple. Interestingly Apple has been able to achieve this with hardly any dollars being spent on enterprise marketing activities, instead, the trend of allowing employees to connect their own devices to corporate resources has allowed Apple to effectively own the Bring Your Own Device, BYOD, market.
In my last blog entry I discussed my own adoption of ‘digital’ technology over the years and how digital was currently going through another renaissance. However compared to the 1980’s when the adoption of digital technology was consumer driven, today it is the business world that is embracing digital.
At the beginning of each year I tend to spend a lot of time reviewing key technology trends identified by various IT press and industry analysts. These are the technology trends that will impact consumers and businesses for the next twelve months. One of the key trends at the moment is the ‘digital business’ and I don’t know about you but I feel a bit of Deja Vu occurring here, let me explain why.
Given all the current interest in Apple’s acquisition of Beats Music I thought I would re-post a blog that I originally wrote in 2011 as to why I thought, at that time, that Apple should buy Tesla Motors. Three years later it looks as though the automotive and high tech industries think this could indeed happen. This month, a couple of articles appeared on the Supply Chain 24/7 website , article 1, article 2, which adds further fuel to the Apple/Tesla rumours. Anyway, here are my thoughts, which I believe holds true today. (I have updated a couple of sections in the original blog below to bring it up to date)
In October 2013 I was fortunate to get an invite from Cisco to attend their ‘Internet of Things’ World Forum in Barcelona. The Internet of Things is going to herald the introduction of the fourth industrial revolution and Cisco, SAP, Oracle, GE and many other tech and industrial companies want to be part of this new and exciting sector.
In an earlier blog post I described how future business environments will be more tightly integrated with information flowing from EIM, B2B and IoT based platforms. I outlined how information can be broadly split into structured and unstructured information flows and for this blog entry I just wanted to expand on some of those initial thoughts. EIM, B2B and IoT will collectively provide ‘fuel’ or information for tomorrow’s digital supply chains.
The BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries have seen significant growth over the last decade since the group of countries were defined as emerging markets in 2001. But a new group of emerging markets collectively known as the MINTs (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey) are about to take over as the global investment hubs for the manufacturing sector.
This is my first blog writing for OpenText. OpenText I hear you say, have you changed companies?, well yes, GXS was acquired by OpenText on 16th January. Now you can read about the acquisition HERE and I don’t really need to cover this in any more detail but I am very positive for the future. Not just for myself in an industry marketing role across OpenText but for the companies that will be able to leverage the software and services from both organisations, it really does provide a strong value proposition for managing information across the entire extended enterprise.