–Jason Hiner, writing in TechRepublic’s Tech Sanity Check blog
“A decade ago, there was a lot of new stuff that needed to be set up — ethernet networks, directory servers, mail servers, company laptops — and a lot of baby boomers who still needed helped transitioning into a computerized workplace. Those days are long gone.”
This will be a debate about the above statement, but I for one agree with it completely. That does not mean that there are not a need for setting up servers and networks, but those can be focused with cloud based services versus every company having their own data centers filled or not so filled with equipment.
The short article does bring to light what many business leaders need to recognize about their information technology evolution in the next 5 years (not 10 or 20, 5). It will not be about hardware or devices. It will be about the data and the applications that present and manage that data.
This is where I veer from Mr. Hiner. He states “it’s going to increasingly be about web-based applications that will be expected to work smoothly, be self-evident, and require very little training or intervention from tech support.”
Fully agreeing with the ‘require very little training’ portion of the statement as Apple has proven that intuitive design trumps feature rich. However, the focus of development on applications without a mention of database development is where I feel he left something out. Those web-apps will need databases that integrate data from multiple sources and be optimized to deliver that data to the app at the performance rate of the customer’s expectation.
Therefore, the developers will two sets, the presentation side with web-applications and the data side with data modeling, integration and optimization of performance across multiple virtual installations.