Docker kicked off the container boom 18 months ago, when it released its technology (also called Docker) under a free-of-charge open-source license. The software sparked the kind of rapid uptake generally reserved for consumer gewgaws like FarmVille, clocking 43 million downloads as of early October. Users include Google Inc., International Business Machines Corp. , Spotify, Yelp Inc. —and, yes, Microsoft—as well as nontech companies like the BBC and a handful of big banks, according to people familiar with the financial institutions’ operations.
“The interest level is off the charts,” says Dave Bartoletti, an analyst with technology research firm Forrester Research Inc.
“I switched to Mozilla Firefox, and I jettisoned my Googling habit in favor of a new search engine, DuckDuckGo. I downloaded Tor, an anonymizing browser bundle that hides your identity—it’s slow but worth using if you’re on an open Wi-Fi network. Right now I am locked in to an iPhone contract, but next time I’ll go with Android, which is open-source. So far, so easy. Next, I set about installing encryption software on my laptop and phone. Honestly, I’d never even heard of some of the tools my sources recommended—with names like Cryptocat, Autistici/Inventati, and GNU Privacy Guard. Downloading a secure instant-messaging client was a cinch. So was adding plug-ins to my browser to block tracking by ad companies. However, it took me an afternoon to wrestle PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption into my email, partly because I insisted on learning how to encrypt my Facebook messages too. I started using a password manager, then promptly forgot the long master password I’d created. But I worked through the mishaps and felt much more secure once I was done.”
Over the last 18 months SAP has been building an ecosystem of startups around its HANA analytics engine. SAP offers plenty of upfront development support, access to its customer channel and access to capital through its Ventures arm and other VCs. No wonder the channel is growing rapidly - over 1,000 startups in 55 countries, many highlighted in the graph.
I like the fact that many of the startups are going after targeted vertical opportunity areas. So FeedZai’s is focused on credit card fraud analysis, NexVisionIX on retail sales analysis etc.
In an email, Dennis Howlett says “Some of those startups are generating serious value back to customers”. That may be so but revenues from this channel are still only a small percentage of HANA revenues – the bulk still comes from direct sales of the tool to customers. And HANA is still a small percent of overall SAP revenues. So, this initiative if successful could be truly transformational to SAP.
"Fidelity is among the true believers. The investment giant is rebuilding its IT operations around a private cloud datacenter architecture, and it's embracing OCP-inspired hardware as part of that change. OCP designs now account for a third of Fidelity's servers, and George Brady, executive VP of IT, expects that figure will grow to 80%. HP and Dell designs will provide the other 20%.
Fidelity has been moving away from Tier 1 suppliers to custom or "white box" suppliers such as ZT Systems, Avnet, Penguin, and Hyve, Brady says. The prices Fidelity pays for servers have declined 50% over the 2-1/2 years since the company started buying OCP-inspired systems from the custom builders, he says."
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Through TechWorks' Boston Innovation Centre in the USA, Jurgens dreams of bringing the kinds of robots that operate in space to Earth. These would to work in off-shore applications, underground and in exploration roles.
Another area Shell is deploying the outside-in approach of open innovation is with seismic surveys – the kind looking for natural gas. Each of these surveys produce vast amounts of data – up to ten terabytes – that needs to be crunched. But it's also useful to visualise it. "We're talking with companies in the gaming industry and also specialists in Hollywood," says Jurgens.
Robots searching for gas, game designers visualising seismic data, and an energy giant supporting startups? Sounds like Shell's open innovation platform is on to something.
Zemlin points to SAIC Motor,
a Chinese car company, as a case study. With a team of about six
software developers, SAIC developed an Android infotainment system for
its cars. “I ran into them at this trade show where they were placed
next to all these other carmakers with massive software teams,” Zemlin
says. “They said, ‘We just have six dudes and Android.’ ”
Philip DesAutels, the vice president for technology at Xively, a
just-launched cloud computing service that simplifies the work needed to
get a device to transmit data, has studied the Internet of things for
years. He says there are five times as many downloads of Xively’s
Android-specific software as there are of its software made for Apple’s
iOS. His favorite product: an Android-based agricultural irrigation
system where a network of tiny, waterproof computers in the field
regulates water valves. “With Android, you get something that is
power-efficient, it’s easy for developers to do the user interface and
touch controls, and it’s easy to get data in and out,” DesAutels says.
“There’s just a bigger community behind it than with anything else.”
Among others, these include apps that keep track of tenants' utilities, monitor buildings' energy performance and display the amount of carbon emissions each building, or group of buildings, is responsible for. The idea -- expressed as "See a bigger picture" by Panoptix -- is to help building owners and managers see energy trends across buildings, making it easier for them to find ways to reduce energy consumption, for example, or to see anomalies that could indicate fixable problems.
The apps are all based on Johnson Controls' Panoptix energy-management platform, introduced last year. The company earlier this month made its application programming interfaces (APIs) available to developers so they could begin designing apps for the marketplace.
“Before Getty bought iStockphoto, it had some 150,000 customers a year. Now it has 1.3 million. “About 900,000 of them are small and medium-sized businesses, many of whom weren’t using images legally or at all,” Klein says. Fifteen years ago, Getty uploaded a few hundred photos a day; now it uploads tens of thousands. Getty used to license or sell 100,000 images a year; today it’s 30 million to 40 million.”
from CEO Jeff Bezos’ 2011 shareholder letter (a tweet from John Hagel reminded me)
“The most radical and transformative of inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity – to pursue their dreams. That’s a big part of what’s going on with Amazon Web Services, Fulfillment by Amazon, and Kindle Direct Publishing. With AWS, FBA, and KDP, we are creating powerful self-service platforms that allow thousands of people to boldly experiment and accomplish things that would otherwise be impossible or impractical. These innovative, large-scale platforms are not zero-sum – they create win-win situations and create significant value for developers, entrepreneurs, customers, authors, and readers.”
BTW – his annual letters are becoming classics like the ones Warren Buffett sends out on his Hathaway Berkshire investments or Bill Gates for the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation on the state of global health. I included Bezos’ complete 2010 letter as an exhibit in my new book.