This is total speculation, but I believe it would be very possible for Apple
to enter the cloud computing space. A recent article in the Charlotte
Observer (found via a mac rumors article) is claiming they are offering Apple
a huge tax break to set up a billion dollar server farm in North Carolina.
Apple has an interesting competitive advantage here. They have loads of
cash in reserve ($29 billion) and manufacture hardware, OS and software.
They have already proven their ability to scale services (iTunes). I would
find it ridiculous if Apple has not at least talked about it internally.
Analysts are already touting cloud computing as the future of computing –
and Apple is usually a leader in computing trends.
Now, here’s where I think things would get really interesting. Apple buys
Adobe. Adobe has an incredible multi-platform strategy in its Flash and Open
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Anthony Franco's Blog
On March 20 at AJAXWorld 2008 East, Anthony Franco, UX & UI Expert, President
of Effective User Interface will be keynoting on RIA Adoption in 2008 –
Risks, Rewards, Challenges and Opportunities.
Last year, the overall demand for RIAs outpaced the qualified supply chain.
This trend will continue in 2008. While last year brought unprecedented
growth in RIA adoption— especially by Fortune 500 companies—RIA adoption
in 2008 brings a new onslaught of risks, rewards, challenges, and
opportunities for companies of all sizes.
This year, companies facing both job gro... (more)
RIAs Can Provide Complex Functionality on the Desktop Adobe AIR, Curl, Google
Gears and Mozilla Prism all offer off-line desktop like functionality
combined with RIA technology. Do these technologies represent a new kind of
Removing the Noise: How to eliminate unnecessary distractions from
projects – The EffectiveUI Project Management Team The EffectiveUI team of
project managers compiled [...]
This is going to sound like I’m selling something, but I promise, I have no
financial affiliation with Sliderocket. The service has just made my life so
mush easier that i feel like I owe it to them to give them a plug… I met
Mitch Grasso last year at an Adobe event in San Francisco. [...]
Over the last four years, I have been incredibly fortunate to watch our
company grow from Andy, Drew, and myself to more than 100 people. It’s been
a tough but exciting road… “bootstrapping” has had its challenges for
sure. During our crazy growth, we have always left our CEO position open,
always knowing someday we [...]