Cloud first, mobile first – how to build products in a #PostPC era

 

 

 

 

Last week I was able to do some homework and was watching some Microsoft videos from the latest #TechEd2014. One was about Windows 10 management and the evolving requirements in the enterprise:

Microsoft Recent Past and Future

 

(Source: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2014/WIN-B334)

This was like a déjà-vu from different venues I was able to participate or watch. The story resonates very good and is told from the mostly all IT infrastructure operation software vendors. Device proliferation, cloud, mobility in combination with devices personally owned (BYOD) or provided by the company (COPE). I was surprised to watch a video by Microsoft adapting the story as well – but obviously it is the new “normal”. This comparison brought back an old blogpost I have written in the early days I’d like to link: Post-PC era – what is it and why it is so important.

We are still in a major transition phase driven by cloud and mobility with a continuous change, so my question is: what will be a new balance? Where is the beef for software vendors competing in IT infrastructure operations? The answer for me is obvious due to the dimension of time, which leads into life cycles of products and markets. For me it is very interesting to get snapshots of various stages of markets and observe trends of leading products versus trying to get data from customers and learn what to build next. Therefore I am convinced about the build-measure-learn-feedback loop of Eric Ries bringing both worlds together:

Build Measure Learn Feedback Loop

 

(Source: Eric Ries – The Lean Startup; 2011, p. 75)

I believe in his concept to build better products, while minimizing the time through the total feedback loop.

If you have any feedback or comment, please let me know or contact me.


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