2011 – Predictions

I can’t believe that we’re already into November (still depressingly far away from payday though) and the end of the year is around the corner!

Well that means it’s time again to look forward to the new year.

  • Tablet Wars – It started (or should we say rebooted) with the iPad in April. I always marvel at the time to market of the likes of Samsung who already have the Android based Galaxy Tab on sale. It’s a little rough around the edges – some software doesn’t work well for example. The same cannot be said for RIM and their new Playbook due out in Q1 2011 (See picture). This boasts a POSIX based OS which will enable true multi-tasking , a 5mp camera and an automatic Blackberry phone sync and a new App Store to mention a few features.

    The new Blackberry Playbook

Don’t expect Apple to rest on their laurels though – I think we will see an added camera to the 2nd generation iPad. There could be even bigger things in the pipeline from them.

Microsoft Tablet Prototype (c) Gizmodo

Then we have Google weighing in with a possible Google tablet, Steve Ballmer announcing that Microsoft is back in the tablet game (see other picture), we have the Dell Streak, HP Slate and a bunch of others coming in. So expect this then: 2011 is going to be the year of the Tablet Wars.

I think, based on the public memo by Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie, that we can see some serious focus on tablets coming from Redmond. Stylus and Multi-touch on the same device?

All in all it’s going to be a fun year for tablets and the consumer will benefit.

I think the Kimble will die a natural death though – sorry Amazon!

  • Cloud Computing – I don’t expect this to become full mainstream yet, but I do expect some fairly serious development to be done in 2011. I think that 2012 will be the year of the Cloud as providers really start to gear up and IT departments start to spend again. As we see the uptake in Mobile taking off, and believe me it will, the whole cloud discussion becomes more pertinent. I expect to see a lot more being done on private clouds, but we should see some interesting public clouds popping up as well – think news streams, weather streams, finance etc. Of course the advertisers will make sure we see their message somehow.
  • Some sneak previews from SAP? Well expect to see big things with in-memory databases. HANA (for Advanced Analytics) and some cool stuff coming out of our alliance with Sybase.