Thomas Friedman, author of "The World is Flat" that reflects on globalization and interconnectedness, now says the same thing except it has become hyperconnectedness. In his typical eloquence he remarked at a Univ of Tennessee Hunter lecture Series that he delivered, "If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, you will no longer get all you ever got. You will get less.” The rationale underlying this observation is about how it is not ok to be average, especially due to globalization and hyperconnectedness. In fact, he makes other erudite observations that 'the great American dream' is no longer a domestic issue but one of foreign policy. Hyperconnectedness is as much about globalization and IT commoditization, where data and people move effortlessly in the virutal space, and in large volumes.
At Bizosys, we have tried to remain focussed on three emerging technologies - Cloud, Mobility, Bigdata. We always saw these as representing three trends that are obviously driven by the globalization and hyperconnectedness; and respectively they are Commoditization, Consumerization, Content explosion. It is easy to relate Cloud and Big data, especially where you have those terabytes or petabytes of data that you need to crunch quickly. Not stopping there, you want to get that big data insight, a nugget of information with immense business value but highly perishable, off to a connected Tablet or Smartphone device to be actionable, before it gets stale. And there comes the third piece Mobility, or designing an app in a Mobile First manner. Cloud, Mobility and Big data are not just related, but hyperconnected! And this is where Thomas Friedman exhortation to rise above average does not just apply to people but to all that data out there. So the message also goes to the CIO that "if all you ever do with your data is all you've ever done, you will no longer get all you ever got as insights. You will get less actionable information." And now, rising to this challenge, according to Gartner's Dave Aron, by 2015 25% of organizations will have a CDO or Chief Digital Officer. But then that I will talk in a next post.