3 05 2010

What Do You Say When You Lead Worship? Part 3 http://ping.fm/pZieg


Mobile Numbers Mind Numbing

18 02 2010

New stats released in the “TomiAhonen Almanac 2010” (www.tomiahonen.com) were amazingly difficult to fathom.  In 2009 there were 4.6 Billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide.  Let that number sink in.  There are an estimated 6.8 Billion people on the planet.  Fully two-thirds of them have a mobile device.  There must be more TVs in the world, right?  Nope.  They are at 1.6 Billion.  PCs?  1.2 Billion.  FM Radios? 3.9 Billion.  Combine all the TVs, PCs, and Cars in the world and you reach only 3.75 Billion.  There were 1.13 Billion mobile handsets sold in 2009.  That is a replacement of less than one-third of all current handsets, putting average life at 3+ years.  Only 13% of the phones currently being used are classified as smartphones, but that can change quickly with so many handsets being purchased every year.

Now matter how you look at those numbers, mobile is still by far the hottest market in the world today, and getting hotter.

Competing for developer mindshare

21 01 2010

Microsoft focused on it for many years.  The Professional Developers Conference was where to be as a developer.  It felt like BillG’s show.  There were great tools to show off, lots of hype about where Microsoft’s platforms were going to be in 18-24 months, and a feeling that you could build anything with their software. As Bill moved away from Microsoft, so did that feeling.

I didn’t feel that focus on developers from any other company.  Then in 2008 Apple introduced their SDK for the iPhone.  Suddenly, from the company that has long loved creative types I felt love for the developer.  And pretty quickly we saw the results of that, in thousands of applications.

Then came Google, with their first developer conference in 2008.  Once again, I felt some love, a real desire to court developers.  Since then we have seen so many companies make headway in opening up their tools and platforms to software developers.  Today Amazon announced a development kit for the Kindle.  Suddenly, developers are being courted by many different platforms.

Here’s what I think.  We are seeing a second wave of the Internet frenzy of 10 years hence.  Applications are getting smaller, more pointed, and easier to integrate with each other.  And I think we will all benefit from this.  Developers will not end up creating bloated sofware of which users will use a small percentage of capabilities and features.  Users will be able to buy just the specific pieces they need, not a bloated package to boil the ocean.

I’m excited about the coming year, to see the great platforms and the applications that will get built on them.

A long time coming

16 01 2010

I feel like this blog has been a long time coming.  I have worked in IT for 20+ years and have become an avid reader of others’ writings, tweets, etc.  This year I hope to stick with it and be a content contributor rather than just a consumer.  More to come shortly!