MG Seigler piles on “the known knowns”. “We also know there are known unknowns” - Microsoft changing to cross-platform and open source support (really, Hadoop, Node.js, .NET commits). “But there are also unknown unknowns” - No Steve Jobs - Forrester: Apple is Entering a Long Decline
Earlier today, I wrote an anti-Microsoft post. Actually, it wasn’t so anti-Microsoft, I thought I was decidedly fair. My thesis was basically that Microsoft was done in the consumer space, but that they’d continue to do well as an enterprise company going forward.
Essentially, they’d follow the IBM path. Nothing wrong with that. IBM is still a great company, they’re just different from what they once were.
For some reason though, all anyone cares about is the consumer space. And, let’s be honest, Apple now owns it. If it’s not clear to you now, it will be in a year. Or two years max. It’s just the way it is.
In five years, Microsoft will be known as an enterprise company. That’s not controversial in my book, it’s just an observation on where things are headed.
The key to the company’s success is the use of technology to streamline the production chain. Ms. Abbas explains, “M-Farm has a contract with a local exporter, who buys the produce directly from the farmers” using their mobile devices. This gives farmers access to a reliable and guaranteed market that enjoys stable year-round prices while eliminating middlemen and lowering transaction costs.
According to Ms. Abbas, this system sets M-Farm apart from other organizations. Nevertheless, gaining the trust of the farmers was a difficult process. Many farmers were jaded by initiatives that had left them out to dry when they ran out of funds. “There’s an existing body [of projects] supporting the farmers today, and the next day they are no longer there. This makes farmers skeptical and lose trust” in projects similar to M-Farm.” So, the founders’ strategy is to “spend a lot of time and resources to make the farmers understand we are different.”” —
Is better (economical) fluid experience pushing small updates from the server to client using nodejs?
Gmail and HotMail are two examples of this trend. Ward thinks SPA might be a fruitful architecture for line-of-business applications, apps that rely on local state and cached data for a responsive, fluid user experience. Many familiar desktop patterns and techniques apply here including MVVM, client-side validation, entity caching and change-sets. We’ll soak in some MVC 4, Web API, jQuery, KnockoutJs and Upshot on our trip to the SPA. Prepare to get wet!
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