Sunday, September 28, 2008

My primary blog is now  I will continue to cross-post here for the time being.

In talking with lots of clients at Gartner’s Web Innovation Summit, held a couple of weeks ago in LA, the difference between digital natives and digital immigrants was reinforced.  As a reminder, digital natives were born in the Internet era and are the folks that are out here blogging, tweeting, posting, and socially interacting on the Web, while digital immigrants were born prior to this era, and frequently don’t use Web 2.0 technologies or approaches.

We had lots of Web 2.0 sessions at the Summit, and in talking with clients at roundtables, 1-1’s and during happy hours, it became clear to me that some digital immigrants may never adapt to the Web 2.0 world.  These guys know about this stuff,  see their teenage children on the Web all the time, and frequently have tried it out, but in their own words, “just don’t get it”.  They don’t see the value of broad participation, of communities, of crowdsourcing, and of extensive peer-to-peer interaction.  At least they don’t see the value of these things as delivered via Web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, social networks, RSS and tagging tools.

Unfortunately, if the folks that “don’t get it” are in decision making roles in their enterprise, adoption of new Web technologies and approaches may be delayed for years in those enterprises.  Maybe they will “get it” eventually, but for some, I predict that they will retire before they do.

It’s too bad that this group won’t see this posting, but since they don’t believe in blogging, they won’t have an opportunity to refute my position.   

How many digital immigrants will never “get it”?  I don’t have a number in mind, but I’d love to come up with one.  Any suggestions?


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Now that Gartner has adopted a Web participation policy for its analyst community, I am allowed to join the blogosphere.  It's about time!

I was just on an interesting research call about cloud computing.  On that call we discussed the role of virtualization in cloud computing.  Virtualization is a key enabler of cloud computing, along with SOA and the Internet.  However, one thing came up that I'm curious about.

Gartner, and most of the industry, defines virtualization as the abstraction of IT resources.  However, I feel that most of our clients equate virtualization to virtualized servers, with no broader application of the term.  If this is the case, then there are a lot of confused people out there.

Unfortunately, it seems that confusion abounds.

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

2.0 mania is taking over IT. Web 2.0 started this craze, and is probably the only valid use of '2.0'. Now we have SOA 2.0, enterprise 2.0, media 2.0, and a wealth of other '2.0' wannabees.

Are these uses of '2.0' valid? In most cases-no. They are associated with the natural evolution of the subject, not a breakthrough, new approach or capability.

Beware of 2.0 mania. It continues to strike.