• Research and Market Commentaries

    Is IT Just Another Major Technology, Or Something More?

    David  Moschella
    David Moschella
    Research and Market Commentaries
    Posted On 04/04/2013

    One of the highlights of our 2013 US Executive Forum held in Washington DC on March 13 was the sharply contrasting talks given by two of today’s leading digital economy thinkers. First up was MIT’s Andrew McAfee, co-author of the influential book Racing Against the Machine. Andrew argued that while computer technology is enhancing our lives in countless important ways, there is a downside. Information technology has eliminated – and will continue to eliminate – a wide range of jobs, not just clerks and secretaries, but increasingly highly skilled professionals such as writers, translators, doctors, and yes, even drivers. Andrew reminded us of the folly of continually thinking that there are certain things that computers “just can’t do”. This list gets shorter every day. In Andrew’s view, the emergence of IT marks an important economic and societal inflection point where our overall wealth and prosperity continue to increase but are increasingly decoupled from individual wages and employment.


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    Is the Open Meme Starting to Spread?

    David  Moschella
    David Moschella
    Research and Market Commentaries
    Posted On 08/03/2013

    The success of open-source software has far exceeded initial expectations. When Linus Torvalds launched the Linux project back in 1991, few people imagined that free software developed by open communities would ever match – let alone surpass – the efforts of industry giants such as IBM and Microsoft. Yet in a wide range of areas this has been precisely the case. Without the contributions of Linux, Apache, Java, Perl, Python, MySQL, Hadoop and many other open initiatives, the internet would be a smaller, less interesting and much more expensive place.


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    3D Printing, and the Role of Enterprise IT

    David  Moschella
    David Moschella
    Research and Market Commentaries
    Posted On 04/02/2013

    The progress of 3D printing (3DP) was the single biggest technology story of 2012. While the concept of additive manufacturing has been around since the 1960s, 3DP’s enormous potential in sectors such as electronics, aerospace, defence, health care, energy, architecture, construction, robotics and consumer products has now captured the public’s imagination. In November, we completed a study: 3D Printing and the Future of Manufacturing, which described the major 3DP applications and opportunities – everything from printed vehicles to artificial limbs, form-fitted running shoes and flying ‘insects’. In this commentary, we summarize those findings and discuss the likely implications for Enterprise IT.


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    Our 2013 Research Agenda - From Inside-out to Outside-in

    David  Moschella
    David Moschella
    Research and Market Commentaries
    Posted On 09/01/2013

    A few months ago I was meeting with one of our clients, who stumped me with the following challenge. She said: “LEF did a great job identifying consumerization many years ago, but now everyone is talking about consumerization. You folks need another word!”

    We have been thinking about this a lot since then, and generally agree. While we believe that the marketplace is still underestimating consumerization by associating it so overwhelmingly with BYOT, it won’t be long before consumerization’s larger impact in areas such as identity, privacy, security, data ownership, self-service (do-it-yourself) computing and double-deep employees also becomes clear.


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