Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hmmmm...I may have been on to something

I just read an article on bloomberg about the iPad. I will repost it below:

April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc.’s iPad touch-screen tablet is a winning product that threatens to replace laptops as the dominant format for personal computers, reviewers said.

The iPad, which will begin selling this weekend, is “wicked fast” and has a battery life that’s longer than Apple’s claim of 10 hours, Walt Mossberg, technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote in a review yesterday. It can be used as a replacement for a laptop for most data communication and content consumption, he wrote.

“The iPad is an advance in making more-sophisticated computing possible via a simple touch interface on a slender, light device,” Mossberg wrote. The tablet “has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop.”

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, started taking orders for the iPad on March 12, offering consumers the choice between home delivery and in-store collection. Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co., is estimating first weekend sales of 200,000 for the iPads.

“Apple has delivered another impressive product that largely lives up to the hype,” Edward C. Baig of USA Today wrote in his review. “What does a successful iPad launch mean for traditional netbooks? They’ll have to adapt or disappear.”

The iPad stacks up as a formidable competitor to Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle electronic reader and gives game consoles from Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp. a “run for their money,” Baig wrote.
For most people, the iPad’s 9.7-inch touch screen “changes the whole experience” in consuming content such as books, music, video, photos and e-mails, David Pogue of the New York Times wrote in a review yesterday.

No Webcam, Multitasking

Mossberg, Baig and Pogue all said one of the iPad’s drawbacks is not supporting Adobe Systems Inc.’s Flash software. The iPad also lacks a built-in Web camera and multitasking features that allow more than one application to run at a time, the reviewers said.

“If you’re mainly a Web surfer, note-taker, social- networker and e-mailer, and a consumer of photos, videos, books, periodicals and music -- this could be for you,” Mossberg wrote. “If you need to create or edit giant spreadsheets or long documents, or you have elaborate systems for organizing e-mail, or need to perform video chats, the iPad isn’t going to cut it as your go-to device.”

Apple fell 0.4 percent to close at $235 in Nasdaq Stock Market trading yesterday. The shares have climbed 12 percent this year.

The iPad “is fun, simple, stunning to look at and blazingly fast,” Baig wrote. “Apple is rewriting the rulebook for mainstream computing.”

I think the iPad and other netbooks are onto something, i.e remove the bloated OS and apply the KISS rule a.k.a Keep It Simple Stupid! My thoughts are putting a device like this in the workplace. Now hear me out, what do you do at work? Email, desktop publishing or Office related tasks, business applications, and maybe surf the web, Right? Hence the netbooks and the iPad have a way to go. We need to downtech the desktop.

Why downtech the desktop? To reduce costs and drive productivity up. The desktop needs to be part of the cloud, private or public --it must be a dummy tube device. This type of concept was spoken of back in 1994 --

DOWNTECHING: George Mason University professor Hugh Heclo calls for downteching -- "deliberate reductions in the amount and/or sophistication of technology so as to improve
performance," and to counter the tendency of information technology to eliminate the
natural limits on "blab" -- undigested information pretending to be knowledge. (Atlanta
Journal-Constitution 9/11/94 B1)

What I propose is to limit the amount of spohistication of technology on the desktop. Don't give your users enough rope to hang themselves. The CEO can reduce costs by reducing unnecessary IT headcount. The helpdesk becomes a service desk, i.e. anybody can answer a phone. The expensive desktop folks will go away(40k-70k per tech). Imagine no more (or reduced) personal computer issues. Productivity will go up as desktop related issues go away. If a netbook breaks, it is simply switched out. Security issues will exist on the backend (for the most part), 1 patch versus thousands. What I am saying is that by getting out of the personal computer business, IT can focus on its primary mission --delivering services.

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