Thursday, March 10, 2005

The year this will be (2005)... from a tech perspective

I have some predictions for 2005 (half of these are not predictions. They are facts, but you know, it feels great to play the foresighted, once in a while..)

  • We would see a start in the movement of core PDA functionality, centered on personal information management, to other devices such as cell phones. Mobility solutions would start encompassing cell phone based solutions as well in addition to handhelds and tablets.
  • Increased use of voice interfaces to personal information management applications hosted on PDAs and cell phones. With improved voice recognition engines (Latest version of Dragon Naturally speaking claims 99% accuracy) and technologies like VXML, this is only a matter of time.
  • Computer chips continue to fail in following the ‘doubling power in 18 months’ kind of growth (Moore’s law). The interesting connotation here for solution developers is that we need to mend our ways and start optimizing our code and addressing concurrent processing. There is an interesting article a friend had sent me, which every one of us should read. Try )
  • EJB 3.0 could improve EJB’s lost ground in software market All you java brethren, get hold of EJB 3.0 specs and start trying out various appserver implementations of the same.
  • Release of Visual Studio 2005 could revolutionize the way we develop software solutions Beta is already available. If you are a Dot Net engineer and you haven’t tried it out by now, God help you!!
  • VOIP will capture a large chunk of the Telephony Market
  • Wireless broadband to continue growth…more cities to get fully Wi-fi enabled. Hopefully security concerns get addressed this year. Wi-Fi or otherwise, application developers need to get our knowledge and understanding of security of the ground; what with 21 CFR Part 11 etc.!!!

This list is in no way exhaustive. But it shows us that technology is changing by the minute and we probably have some insight into what is cooking. The question here is, what we are doing about it?


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