IBM,Innovation,Software as a service,Business,Dot-com bubble,Information technology

Even The Adoption Of Innovation Is Different

January 26, 2017

Summary There are many who believe that IBM no longer matters, a dinosaur that has no place in the mobile world of the cloud. My own view has been that IBM was, regardless of industry changes, a macro warning because of them. Big Blue is a metaphor for the global economy and its potential even when factoring innovation. As with all innovation, the roots of any specific trend usually cast back a very long time. In terms of enterprise computing solutions, Software as a Service (SaaS) dates to the earliest days of the Internet. In the middle 1990s Application Service Providers started popping up, but they were largely erased in the dot-com bust (not without good reason). For the longest time investor disdain for the idea in any form prevented a better marriage of what businesses really wanted out of IT with what was possible as being deliverable - the balance of efficiency with risk. Throughout most of the 21st Century, on-premise was the deciding factor hardware as well as software in being able to control risk at the expense of efficiency. These were legitimate concerns, of course, including and especially security but not exclusively so. Enterprise control is still today in many ways the overriding factor. What may have been changed is how IT vendors have been enabled to offer different products and ideas to allow better control but with SaaS efficiencies. As this article written for ComputerWorld in June 2004 claims, it was ironically the dot-com bust and the recession that followed it that planted the seeds for transition toward this model: As the effects of the stalled economy swept over enterprises at the beginning of this decade, resource-challenged IT departments, out of necessity, creatively looked for new models to reduce the internal work docket. IT departments began thinking pragmatically in terms of business processes and workflow that needed to be accomplished and not of the purchase of discrete applications....

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