Tech’s game-changers set to cruise ahead
In the world of information technology and internet, three big changes were slowly ushered in during 2010, but their real impact will be felt only in the new year. Vivek Sinha reports.Geek punch with price powerindia Updated: Dec 28, 2010 22:07 IST
In the world of information technology and internet, three big changes were slowly ushered in during 2010, but their real impact will be felt only in the new year. Cloud computing, tablet PCs and the Android software platform are set to revolutionise the industry by making prices competitive while boosting convenience.
Cloud-based computer services, for instance, gives even a small entrepreneur access to quality IT services without the need to invest crores of rupees in IT infrastructure or expensive licenced software. In the same manner as utility services such as electricity and water, software services too can now be tapped according to one’s requirement, and paid for as per consumption.
A small-time retailer can access customer relationship management or other collaborative platforms on the cloud, and be assured that his software solutions are at par with those used by larger companies.
This practice will mushroom as tech firms address security issues and a large number of small and medium enterprises take to the cloud.
“The proliferation of cloud-based computer services would happen in the next two years as customisation and localisation of software solutions happen at a larger scale,” said Nitin Khanapurkar, executive director, KPMG Advisory Services. Khanapurkar cited education, healthcare and retail as some of the sectors that would benefit from cloud-based services.
This is already happening. India’s cloud computing market is growing at over 58% per annum, and is expected to touch $1.1 billion (R4,850 crore) by 2015 from the present $110 million (R495 crore).
The year 2010 also saw launch of tablet PCs by technology giants Apple, Samsung and Dell, among others. Essentially a cross between a laptop and a touchscreen mobile phone, the tablet is a boon for voracious readers and Net surfers.
“A tablet PC is useful for people who have greater requirement for content consumption rather than content creation,” said Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at advisory firm Gartner. So if you love reading books but hate carrying them around, you can download them and flip through the pages in an experience akin to reading an actual book.
Experts say these tablet PCs would give a new lease of life to the print industry. With more players set to launch their own versions of the tablet in coming months, prices are expected to head south. The third tech buzz of the year was the Android operating system from search giant Google.
Several leading companies took the Android plunge, offering dozens of smart phones in 2010 and many more in the pipeline. Its key attraction lies in the phrase “open source” — that allows for free development of applications (Apps) by any developer across the world, including the end-user himself. Is a window closing somewhere?