Happy New Year!!
I was talking to some folks the other day who said “Gosh, it’s been 20 years since Y2K”. Some of us used to think that 2020 was impossibly far off. I used to do predictions of technology and adoption for EDS and HP. Each year (for about a decade), I’d give about 10 things to look for in the coming years and at the end of the year I’d grade my predictions.
Now that I am retired, even the predictions are receding into the rear view mirror and in some ways they appear naive. In other ways, they’ve held up well.
When I worked in HP labs (almost a decade ago), I remember writing a piece on the impact of the technology trends on services. One of the foundation elements was about the conflict within our expectations.
“We live in a world of conflict:
- Simple, yet able to handle complexity
- Standard, yet customizable
- Secure, yet collaborative
- Low cost, yet high quality
- Sustainable, yet powerful
- Mobile, yet functionally rich”
Some of those conflicts have been resolved to the point where they are barely background noise, while others remain as challenging as ever. A good example of that is gamification, which is now ubiquitous.
The abundance of capability (and possibility) that I tried to represent with the following illustration (that is also almost a decade old) still seems to hold true. Possibilities for new value remain around us everywhere.
Hopefully this year will allow you to expand your horizons and address the goals you’ve been making.