The Future of IT

January 4, 2015

In Dec 2007 Kevin Kelly said….

There is only One machine
The Web is its OS
All screens look into the One
No One will live outside the Web
To collaborate is to gain
Let the One read it!

Is 2015 –  the year when One is finally understood?



Telco’s – ‘Our’ Pain Point!

January 12, 2012

You get off your international flight ready to do business – equipped with the latest iPhone or iPad, Trouble is , you can’t (unless you have Wifi) – because your Telco’s SIM – Only Works in Your Country!

Duh!, Bloody amazing that in our highly networked always connected digital world – we the people must suffer such pain.

Of course the pain I refer to is brought about by a tightly controlled industry gripped with an intense case of rigidity that is hard for anyone (on the outside) to understand. For God sake – even my Airline understands – they got together (collaborated) to create: One World

But not the Telco’s!

As one of the worlds leading Mobility analysts Horace Dediu – Asymco says:

These odd behaviors are symptoms of an underlying absence of innovation.

Indeed – why doesn’t someone just step in and abstract the industry. So I’m betting it’ll be those on the fringe (not from within) who see the opportunity and who are best equipped to do so.

Maybe it’ll be Apple or Google or Amazon who bring about the necessary disruption and create a new virtual network.

Horace adds: The answer seems to be more and more that the future of communications must find a new, unregulated value network!

Bring it on I say!

Because for we the people – it’s a real pain in the butt!


‘We Believe’ and so does Business!

April 3, 2011

The impact of the iPad (post PC device) within SMEs, Enterprise and Government is beginning to reach critical mass.

Much has been written on the subject but from where I sit, this transformation is even more remarkable because within the corporation or business – adoption of any new Apple technology has mostly been a taboo subject.

The obvious reason being; for the past couple of  decades – ICT Information Communication Technology systems administration – (the business crown jewels) has largely been a Microsoft or RIM held bastion. Therefore  it’s not surprising there’s very little Apple IT experience or knowledge. Yet of late – the  ‘IT’ department is being inundated  from eager employees, management or the  CEO  – “when will we be able to use this magical iPad device?”

Not surprisingly the enterprise IT or business leader is now looking for a trusted Apple partner to ensure everything ‘just’ works or worse isn’t sabotaged from within by the IT status quo whom feel threatened!

Therefore, there’s an urgent need – for new Mobility integration and deployment specialists (and this is an important bit) with both MSFT and AAPL enterprise credentials.

Apple Inc. – through the new ACN (Apple Consultancy Network) certified accreditation program is now helping to raise the professional integration bar – to ensure the levels of support match what’s expected and required within the enterprise and wider IT business community.

And when both these planets align – something magical really does happen. Over the past 12 months through Rype I’ve witnessed – the transformation of many IT managers and CIO’s whom  now embrace and welcome change, Think Different, and rapidly becoming enthusiastic and passionate Apple advocates.

Remarkable indeed.

When technology gets out of the way  – it’s as though the child like quality of fun is unleashed. At the user level, there’s real interest from all involved including senior management. More happy faces, improved staff morale, individual productivity and customer service and satisfaction are up a notch. But perhaps the greatest transformation of all is – there’s new-found passion and committment within the enterprise and workplace towards discovery, innovation and creativity – the holy grail of any organisation.

iPad within business and the enterprise?

…..We Believe!



Greenlight Laser…meet Dr Charles Chabert!

March 24, 2011

An Innovation Technology Post – from the patient:

“Ok Tony, you don’t have cancer you have a benign prostate growth and the the operation for this is called a TURP it takes about 1 hour, – you’ll be in for 3 to 4 days and off work 3 – 4 weeks. I’ve done thousands of them over the years – you’ll be fine, the epidural ensures pain is minimal and as for side effects there’s only a slight risk to sexual disfunction however a % of men do suffer incontinence. Oh look you’re lucky I have a cancellation so can fit you in on the 14th Nov – first cab off the rank

So how does all that sound?….i sat there nodding with a pathetic smile on my face agreeing to something I really had no idea what he was talking about. Besides it all sounded too mechanical and easy – like some production schedule!

Surely there was something better than this?,  given my background – time for a second opinion, even better perhaps there’s some new technology advancement?… and, fortunately for me there was!

Meet Dr Charles Chabert

The minute we met I liked him. Warm, enthusiastic, genuine and sincere. We discussed my various options including  medicine because … Tony the last option is surgery.

But in the end it was my decision. At 57 I could only imagine what I’d be like at 67.

So it was decided – Tuesday 22nd March 8.00am at the John Flynn Hospital Gold Coast.

John Flynn Hospital

Where's the Razor Blades?


It’s now Thursday 24th – 48 hours since my Greenlight Laser surgery was performed by my maverick urologist – who’s on a mission to improve mens health! But it didn’t quite go exactly to my plan and not that I’m a sook but the post operative pain was what I would describe as like “pissing razor blades’ but, nonetheless the hospital team were fantastic and able to manage it all so I came home after only i night in hospital, completely pain free, feeling pretty happy about myself!

NO; 3 or 4 night stay in Hospital. NO; 3 – 4 weeks recuperating. I’ll be back to normal in half that time!

Greenlight Laser has only been around a few years in Australia and we can thank my Qld urologist Dr Charles Chabert and his passionate team for pioneering this new technology and, blazing new trails for mens health -all because he dares to Think Different! – motivated to do things better and because its time to change the status quo!

Not surprisingly, Charles is also an Apple evangelist  – I really must chat to him about getting him a new iPad 2….



Goodbye PC. Hello iPad 2

March 7, 2011

It’s 4.00am – Thursday 3rd March and I am awake and smile as I read my incoming ‘tweets’ from those fortunate to be live in San Francisco as Steve launches the new iPad 2…Later that morning I also watch the keynote event replay on my TV. (iTV)

If you’ve never seen Steve Jobs present then treat yourself because no one comes close to his perfect timing and flawless delivery – it’s very inspiring even if you’re not an Apple fan. View here.

So here we are now a few days later and the verdict is in – Steve and the boys at Apple have raised the bar again – just as they have done every year – for the past 10 years. Yes – every year for the past 10 years!

I’ve been reflecting on the significance of that statement. In just 10 years Apple have completely disrupted and revolutionised – two giant industry sectors and now they’re well into the third!

2001 – iPod and iTunes – MUSIC

2007 – iPhone and Apps Store – TELECOMMUNICATIONS


Some of you will question my take on the iPad disrupting the hallowed turf of the traditional IT dept, but the shift from Hi Tech to Hi Touch has already began and according to Apple we’re now entering – the ‘Post PC era!

So what exactly is the “post-PC” world? And why is it significant?

Talking to journalists last year, Steve Jobs provided a hint: “I’m trying to think of a good analogy. When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks. But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them!

According to Joshua Topolsky – Engadget!: Apple no longer believes it needs to compete on specs and features. “There is no Mac vs. PC here” — only “the future” versus “the past.” It won’t be a debate about displays, memory, wireless options — it will be a debate about the quality of the user experience. In a post-PC world, the experience of the product is central and significant above all else. It’s not the RAM or CPU speed, screen resolution or number of ports which dictate whether a product is valuable; the focus now is more about the experience and creative freedom for the user,

Why? – because the Apple brand with its magical user experience is a clear leader achieving the ultimate Lovemark status – by capturing users hearts not just their minds!. With some 200 Million User Accounts – they are lightyears ahead of any IT competition!

Joshua again….Apple isn’t just challenging perceptions of the PC — they’re now saying that the age of the PC is over (at least for many people). They’re challenging consumers to ask if they even still want or need something called a PC (while of course making sure to point out that the competition is playing the same old game). And really, that’s all part of the plan. Apple is in the process of making the iPad the de-facto standard for what the next stage of computing looks like, both within the home AND within the workplace. From the look and feel to the kind of software and experiences you have on the device. Apple doesn’t just want to own the market — it wants to own the idea of the market. We’ve seen this all happen before, and we know how it ends.

So what brand MP3 player do you own?

In Australia this IT revolution is already underway. Informed IT managers within the Corporation, Government and SME’s are now redefining the notion that an employee gets the standard issue of desktop PC / Laptop and a Blackberry!

Informed IT professionals are beginning to Think Different and are fast realising that a great way to – improve staff morale, productivity and overall employee happiness has more to do with providing an IT lifestyle choice that integrates and delivers both the work/ life connected experience.

Thanks to genius consultants (like Rype) Informed IT professionals are now working collaboratively – to scope and deploy new enterprise level solutions that securely manage the workplace mobility environment as well as providing employees with exciting new IT lifestyle choices.

So within the savvy enterprises it’ll mean: Goodbye PC and Hello iPad 2

2011 – won’t just be the year of the iPad 2, rather it may well be remembered as the year of – an IT Renaissance!



Goodbye Microsoft. Hello Apple!

February 20, 2011
With the rise and rise of Apple its amazing to witness the decline of Microsoft. I call it the shift from Hi Tech to Hi Touch
Much of this can be pinpointed when Mr Gates handed over the reigns to Mr Ballmer. In one of my Blogosphere’s the debate rages…so let’s take a step back and see how this all developed by reviewing and highlighting the thoughts of ‘the mob’ as they echo my feelings exactly. Special thanks to: ‘FalKirk’

In 2006, Microsoft’s operating system had a desktop and notebook monopoly. They were also one of the leading smartphone makers – the favorite to dominate that category for the next decade.

In 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone. Some would argue that the iPhone was really a small tablet that happened to make phone calls. With the beneftif of hindsight, we now know that this did (at least) two things to Microsoft. First, it made Microsoft’s mobile phone offereings obsolete. There was no amount of money or effort that could make the existing Microsoft phones competitive with the iPhone. The entire line had to be abandoned. Second, Apple introduced an operating system (iOS) to compete with Microsoft’s Windows. 

In 2010, Apple introduced the iPad. Microsoft had just spent an entire decade trying, and failing, to create the tablet category. Apple created that new category in less than three months. Why did Apple succeed where Microsoft had so utterly failed?

History will show, Bill Gates was so very close to getting it right as he forsaw the coming of tablets long, long before others did. But Bill thought of tablets as a way to make desktop operating systems more mobile. If you want to move a mouse-driven desktop operating system to a tablet, the only way to do it is with a stylus. A stylus is required to provide the pixel specific input that a mouse driven operating system demands.

There are (at least) four reasons why the Apple’s tablet succeeded: a) instant on; b) all day battery life; c) a Touch (finger) Operating System; and d) because it cast the magical Apple spell. Of those four, I would contend that the loyal iFans led the charge and evangelised the experience BUT the shift from Hi Tech to Hi Touch really meant the Operating system was the most important, by far. Apple realized that a new form factor required a new input solution. and they realized that a new input solution required a wholly new Operating System.

This is the one great lesson of the iPad: A tablet requires a touch operating system built specifically for the form factor. In the Spring of 2010 you could be forgiven for not seeing this. Few people did actually many Apple supporters bemoaned the fact that Apple had choosen to go with iOS rather that a “real” operating system like OS X on Apple’s upcoming tablet.

You could also be forgiven for not seeing this one great truth in the Spring of 2011. But it would be utter folly not to see it today. And yet, that appears to be exactly what Ballmer is doing. He continues to maintian that the world is flat even as his competition circumnavigates the globe. He continues to maintain that a tablet requires a desktop Operating System optimized for the form factor rather than acknowledging that a tablet requires an Operating System that is uniquely its own.

So now it’s 2011 and from Microsoft’s perspective, what do you have? The first thing you have is the loss of your monopoly. Windows Operating System – both your Golden Goose and your impregnable fortress that could not be breached – has been flanked. Apple didn’t attack Windows – they simply bypassed it by creating an alternative Operating System. I’ll bet that if you went back to 2006 you wouldn’t have found 100 people who would have said that it was possible to create a brand spanking new Operating System that could successfully compete with Windows. And I’ll further bet that half of those people who said that it could be done, worked for Apple.

The second thing you have is a competing Operating System that is so different from your own that any software that runs on it must be built anew from the ground up. And that means that your other Golden Goose, the Windows Office Suite, is no longer the de facto standard. How can it be when it does not – and more importantly CAN NOT – run on iOS or ANY Operating System suitable for a tablet?

So wither Microsoft? They can try to catch up – a herculean task that they seem unsuited for – or they can go in a different direction. So long as Ballmer heads Microsoft, I think that Microsoft will stay the course and try to catch up. And that is why I don’t think Ballmer will be heading Microsoft for very much longer.


Valentines Day – Give her a gift of love!

February 12, 2011

I recently came across a dumb article for 25 great tech gifts for Valentines Day, so not a bad time to highlight what prompted me to give the lady I love – an iPad.

My wife ‘Jenni’ received her iPad as soon as the magical device burst on to the scene last year. Why? Because I intuitively knew that she would love it but more importantly because I hoped it would unlock and spark her god given talent of creativity. And it did. She actually created a business around it – iPad artwork!

An iPad isn’t just another tech gadget! It represents a technology shift to a new paradigm – which is why we coined the phrase – from  “Hi Tech to Hi Touch” Because, the iPad frees  us from a technical world  controlled by experts, geeks, crap interfaces, manuals or tech savvy nerds.

What we are witnessing is a new creative ‘renaissance’ where creativity and the power of internet can now be in everyones hands. Even if given to an 83 year old OR a three year as within minutes – watch what happens – they get it. As Steve Jobs said – it’s magical!

But it doesn’t stop there – the iPad is now revolutionizing the corporate enterprise playing field. As I was also privy to watch what happened to the CIO of a very large government enterprise – it unlocked the child within him. IT became ‘fun’ again. – ” heh look at this App” Wow imagine what we can do out in the field… for you see the iPad isn’t a toy a gimmick, another gadget or bunch of flowers (I bet there’s an app for that too) that will wither and die – the iPad heralds the birth of a new mobilty and connected life experience – and its bigger than PC’s mobile phones  – the likes of which we have not seen before.

Give her an iPad I say. She will love it and more likely… It will change her life!