February 10, 2016

IT is dead – Long live IT

BY :     February 10, 2016

Few days ago, I was browsing the LinkedIn feeds when my eyes got stuck on yet another new post arguing that…

Offshore Delivery Model was definitely dead

Whereas, I think it is just booming.

To be honest, I don’t mind if this perspective for ‘Offshore’ is right or wrong. I am tired of hearing a new prediction saying that an IT thing is categorically dead. Not because it’s IT but just because we heard that melody so many times, about so many things. My natural positive attitude drove me to more constructive thoughts. So, I decided to list some of the so-called dead IT topics:

Thin client will kill my Fat PCthin client

When this revolutionary light workplace concept was born in the 90’s, many opinion leaders prophesied the irremediable extinction of the Fat Client in couple of years. Feel free to have a look at the trend of computer sales below:

Sales of computer hardware and software stores

Goodbye physical network, hello wi-fi

cableThanks to satellite relays and the dawn of 802.11 wireless standards, wired connections were supposed to be erased from the landscape. When I have some time to kill I go and browse the Submarine Cable Map website. I invite you to do so. Jacques Cousteau  the famous French naval explorer – would be “amazed” by this new forest under the sea.

 

Video Killed the radio star

video killed the radio starVideo killed the raaadio staaar” Covering this top-chart hit, TV was supposed to do the job. Then people started to create web-radio on the internet, setting podcast as the new radio relay. Not that bad for this so-old media born by the end of the 19th century.

Let’s replace radio by TV and Video by YouTube. How many prophets predicate nowadays the end of TV? And what about the newspapers, even more, the chargeable newspapers.

Americans Are The World's Biggest TV Lovers

In the last 2 weeks, I‘ve learned the announced death of
Microsoft, Twitter, CNN, Windows, DevOps, VMWare, the iPhone

Has total extinction of an IT concept occurred already? Rarely in history. I could tell the story of the Minitel (the first electronic yellow pages) but it is a PURE French one. I used to be these prophets predicting the end of daily use technology. More to convince myself than by real faith, I have to confess.

Innovation never dies

For sure the influence of the radio between the 40’s (when the entire family was sitting around, listening to Churchill  speech) and today has drastically decreased but all these old-fashion innovations brings complementarity to the new ones. When revolutionary foresights  are leveraged by antic innovations.

By the way, is blog posting almost dead yet?

 

Kamel Abid

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In summer 2014, Kamel Abid celebrated his 20th year as an IT professional, while swimming among computers and keyboards since the age of 5. Today, he manages tens of experts & architects, involved in complex transformation and integration of IT infrastructures in Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

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