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The Age Of Computing Diversity

The ICT Industry Is Broadening Out From The Wintel Monoculture

September 16, 2010

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The computing industry is exiting an era built mostly on general-purpose, good enough central processing units (CPUs), servers, systems designs, software, Web apps, and client devices. These technologies and associated supplier business strategies will soldier on, but vendor strategists need to check their road maps against a new set of technology and business strategies to reach some of the most appealing and profitable new market opportunities. Specialized hardware components, optimized server systems and software, hardware appliances, and client-device-specific apps are being used successfully in major markets such as smartphones, analytics, vertical apps, high-performance computing (HPC), and even PCs. Vendor strategists need to design for customer success — and their own — by choosing carefully among traditional industry rules and the new approaches of the age of computing diversity.

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Table of Contents

  • The Rules For Standardized Computing Have Driven Success For Decades . . .
  • Welcome To The Era Of Computing Diversity
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Design For Customer Success, Not The Technology Or Supply Chain
  • WHAT IT MEANS

  • Specialty Technology And Vendors Rise Up Amid Industry Consolidation
  • Supplemental Material
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