Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Don't Pave a Cow Path

At least not if you and your company intend to stay on horseback from a technology perspective.  The cow path comment came from the CIO of Bechtel Group, Inc. and reminded me of an integration timeline I'm putting together.  Old and new technologies co-exist in many ways, but we must continue to make progress.


More firms are making new apps because today's technology is making that easier, added Dennis Sheldon, AIA, CTO of Gehry Technologies of Los Angeles. Web Services protocols are making it easier for this to happen. 
Sheldon said he disagreed with the notion that more firms are building their own apps "because tech isn't doing what you want it to do." Instead, he countered, "the emerging paradigm in technology is that you do what you want with it. I think people are moving (shall we say) away from this idea that a product comes in a box and you install it, and if you don't like that one than you get a different one." The boundaries of technology are starting to erode.  "We're seeing this with YouTube and Facebook getting plugged into each other by design," for example. "The common infrastructure of the open standards: that's the operating systems, that's the application. This is the mashup concept."

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