Welcome to my leap-year post!
Although our industry is notoriously slow to adopt new technologies, it is also true that eventually we wake up and attempt to catch up with the rest of the world. With this in mind, here are three developments worth watching:
Google dives into content management and collaboration
Read this to get a feel for the direction Google is taking to take on Microsoft SharePoint on the enterprise collaboration and content management front. Yes, it's a "dumbed down" attempt at the moment but not one to be ignored. While you're at it, check out a currently more serious competitive product from Alfresco.
Adobe Air to unite the Internet with PC applications
Here is a novel thought: Get access to your PC-based applications via the Internet no matter where you may be and even if you don't have your PC with you. Adobe Air plans to enable that but will require an army of developers to make it happen. Read this article to learn more and perhaps check out some already existing applications that use Air. You'll find links to them in the article. As with everything else in life, there is competition. So, don't forget to check out what Microsoft, OpenLaszlo (no relation) and XCerion are doing on this front.
EMC sticks toe in cloud computing waters
Paraphrasing its Wikipedia description, "cloud computing is a massive network of computer servers interconnected as if in a grid running in parallel to maximize computing power per server." While this concept and practice has been around for quite a while under the name of "grid computing" it has taken on new meaning due to the huge investment put behind it by Google to power its own worldwide infrastructure. Since cloud computing has tremendous implications for data storage, it is easy to see why EMC has now purchased Pi Corporation to seed its new Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division. So, check out what's going on here starting with this article. And yes, while EMC also owns the Documentum brand, don't expect this new development to have much impact there in the near future. The big bucks will come from elsewhere. In our own industry, think about "omics" as the most likely place where cloud computing can have a big role.