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Amitabh Apte

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HP Chief Executive Officer Léo Apotheker recently outlined new corporate strategy which fundamentally changes the roadmap for HP as we have known it. Some analysts are calling it a "seismic shift". I am not sure I would use those words in light of recent events. However, I do agree that this seems to be a bold departure from HP's recent and current market strategies. Hence I think it is important to understand and analyze this shift if you are a CIO or CTO from consumer perspective. Equally important to analyze this if you are ICT provider from a competition or "cooptition" perspective. HP seems to backing this shift on its Cloud strategy with a good measure of focus on Connectivity and Software. The official press release for instance states, "The convergence of cloud computing and connectivity is fundamentally changing how IT is delivered and how information is con... (more)

Will Your Organization Need a CIO by 2020?

There are a number of reasons and drivers for the rapid evolution of business technology. However, according to me there are five major forces which are influencing this evolution. They are Business Services, Application Services, Business Analytics, Consumerization of IT and Cloud Computing. I will try to explain them briefly. Rise of Business Services - Awareness of the fact that, "Organizations purchase technology to fulfill business needs" is growing like never before. Given economic challenges very few organizations can now justify technology investment for pure technology ... (more)

Enterprise Architecture - Different Perspectives

Wooden Dollars of Business & IT Engagement - Enterprise Architecture is often seen as an enabler or framework for business and IT alignment. But should we really stick with this view going forward? The very notion sends wrong message that business and IT are not aligned. May be this also creates an “us and them” culture unintentionally as IT attempts to bridge the so called gap with “them – the business”. Business does not need Enterprise Architecture, it needs value and outcomes from the EA function. I have been writing about this flawed concept for some time now. Additional r... (more)

Contrasting Tale of Two Retailers

I have been regularly tracking the developments for both these retailers over the past few years on my blogs. But the growing contrast between their performance couldn't be more obvious than comparison of latest financial performance numbers. To be fair, M&S and ASOS is not a like for like comparison. M&S is your traditional, conventional, respected high street retailer. Probably in league of its own along with only a few other retailers such as John Lewis. While ASOS is the new kid on the block, fresh, young, vibrant and bold online retailer who has challenged every conventional... (more)

The Shrinking Book Ecosystem

With the ever-increasing popularity and acceptance of tablets, ebook readers, etc., it is little surprise that the traditional form of paper books and it's ecosystem is coming under immense pressure to survive and remain profitable. How long will the paper book and related industries, merchants, suppliers and consumers be able to resist the onslaught of electronic media alternatives? Or though it will shrink it will manage to survive by sticking to its core characteristics? There was news here in the UK a couple days back about HMV considering selling off Waterstone's, the popul... (more)