Near-field communications tech for shopping? Check. QR codes for smartphone interactivity? Check. Blend of in-store and online purchasing? Check. A South Korean store is basically previewing how we’ll all shop inside five years.
Methinks: Good article by Barb Pellow. I agree that as we see the explosion of the mobile smartphone market, thing like QRcodes at point of sale and location based promotions are exploding as well. Scanning of QRcodes have increases 1200% year over year. By the end of the year more than half of new phones will be smartphones. Most access to web content will be via mobile devices.
Methinks: It was clear that the crowd size is down and you cannot necessarily claim the economy. I agree with the Seybold analogy. It is time for OnDemand organizers to take the discussion to the next step.
The overall trend for OnDemand is not digital printing but digital delivery. Print is and always will be integral to communications but only in conjugation with other digital media. Tools and strategy for cross-media and pre-media production should be the center of the conversation. The Publishing Xchange part of the conference is on the right track. Now how does that extend to the floor show and vendor sponsorships?
What is involved in developing mobile apps for multiple platforms?
Methinks: Sure things are different and it takes experience to understands the subtleties that go into a great app. But if you take a cross-media approach and separate back end and front end issues, it is not that big of an architectural stretch.
Five Characteristics of Effective Employee Innovation
1. Cultivate Conversation & Collaboration
2. Tackle Today’s Business Challenges
3. Own the Problem — and the Process
4. Cultivate Diversity and Inclusion
5. One Size Does Not Fit All
Douglass said he has observed this in visits to customers, and he thinks that software engineering students in schools should be taught collaborative methods, project planning and project management, as well as “agile methods, modeling [like UML and SML], and the economics of project management [what it means to start a project and how to innovate].”
Methinks: Experiential teaching is what is needed here. Collaborative projects across a number of campuses and global regions would be excellent.
Amazon’s CTO envisions the EC2 infrastructure turning into a service platform, not just a source of compute cycles.
Amazon’s goal with EC2 is not to be all things to all people but to stick to providing a basic infrastructure that allows others to select what they want from the cloud. “Most serious applications today have multiple components. An application will combine Java code with Ruby code with an (Oracle) E-Business suite, and bring in something from SugarCRM,”
Methinks: I see eye to eye with Vogels when he says ”is a platform that allows you to mix and match” . This is where most application development is going - mashups of mashups. This is the one areas I have a hard time communicating with fellow professionals inside and outside of the IT field.
"There are few conferences as notorious for launching startups from obscurity to relative mainstream as SXSW. Foodspotting, Foursquare, and Twitter are just a few of the companies that attribute at least part of their launch success to the conference.”
On Monday, the DMTF (formerly known as the Distributed Management Task Force) issued two papers titled “Architecture for Managing Clouds” and “Uses Cases and Interactions for Managing Clouds.” They lay the foundation for the organization’s next goal: creating standard APIs for infrastructure as a service providers.
Methinks: While it’s difficult to forsee the future and what standards take hold, this can only be described as good thing. With standardization comes commoditazation and choice.
1. Desks 2. Language Labs 3. Computers 4. Homework 5. The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions 6. Differentiated Instruction as the Sign of a Distinguished Teacher 7. Fear of Wikipedia 8. Paperbacks 9. Attendance Offices 10. Lockers 11. IT Departments 12. Centralized Institutions 13. Organization of Educational Services by Grade 14. Education School Classes that Fail to Integrate Social Technology 15. Paid/Outsourced Professional Development 16. Current Curricular Norms 17. Parent-Teacher Conference Night 18. Typical Cafeteria Food 19. Outsourced Graphic Design and Webmastering 20. High School Algebra I 21. Paper
Methinks: Good list. Why are we fighting so hard to maintain a public school systems that delivers these?
Find out why developers should care whether the infrastructure supporting their apps is in the cloud or in a grid.
Methinks: We love our Digipede grid computing platform. But even that has limitations in term of how many internal resources we can apply to a distributed job. The promise of platforms like GridGain mentioned here is virtually limitless resources assignable to a job for a very short period of time… and pay for compute resources used. Very cool
CloudSleuth’s comparison of 13 cloud services showed a tight race among Microsoft, Google App Engine, GoGrid, Amazon EC2, and Rackspace.
In a comparative measure of cloud service providers, Microsoft’s Windows Azure has come out ahead. Azure offered the fastest response times to end users for a standard e-commerce application. But the amount of time that separated the top five public cloud vendors was minuscule.
“The plugin syncs your work through Google’s cloud, so everyone can contribute to the same version of a file at the same time. You can edit a Word document’s table of contents from Dublin while co-workers adjust formatting and make revisions from Denver. Instead of bombarding each other with attachments and hassling to reconcile people’s edits, your whole team can focus on productive work together.”
Methinks: I’m trying it out. Seems pretty good so far. Who else has tried it?