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Judith Hurwitz's Blog Recently I have been having déjà vu back to the days of PowerSoft. If you are old enough to remember, PowerSoft was the leader in making graphical development practical for the masses — rather than the object oriented gurus. Back in the early 1990s when PowerSoft’s product PowerBuilder  was in its heyday, it had been able to achieve dominance over arch rival Gupta Technology and a myriad of other long forgotten competitors. Ironically, at the time, Gupta had a much more sophisticated object oriented environment than PowerBuilder. But PowerBuilder was able to achieve leadership because the company found a way to make the traditional COBOL developer (and there were lots of them) very successful as graphical software designers. The secret was that while PowerBuilder professed to be an object oriented graphical development environment, ... (more)

Are Technology Shakeups in Store for 2015? By @JHurwitz | @CloudExpo [#IoT #Cloud]

Before I start with my predictions, let me explain what I mean by a prediction. I believe that predictions should not be about the end of a technology cycle but the timing for when an issue begins to gain traction that will result in industry shifts. As I pointed out in my book, Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Change Into Success (Josey Bass, 2011), important industry initiatives and changes usually require decades of trial and error before they result in significant product and important trends. So, in my predictions, I am pointing out changes that are starting. I k... (more)

Can We Predict the Size of the Internet of Things Market? By @JHurwitz | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Can We Really Predict the Size of the Internet of Things Market? I had a very interesting discussion the other day with an executive for a technology company. He had just come from a presentation about the Internet of Things (IoT) market. The presenter projected that the market would be valued at around $7 trillion market within the next decade. What did I think about this projection? Is it correct? Is this the true size of the market? Now, as a disclaimer, I don't do market sizing. I assume that those smart people who figure out how big or small a market will be use sound judgmen... (more)