I was invited to speak at the 4th Annual Growth, Innovation and Leadership Conference last week in San Francisco. A well organized conference that provided excellent opportunities for networking and learning. The track that I presented in was Information & Communication Technologies. As the third speaker of the day, I had the luxury of listening to the other speakers discuss their perspectives on emerging trends.
Guess what!? They mentioned cloud computing and software-as-a-service. Well, of course they did. We have reached a point in time where you cannot talk about software or technological advances without using the terms cloud computing or software-as-a-service.
Nobody has gone so far as saying installed software is near-death, but I will (see previous posts). Installed software is simply not sustainable technology and I don't believe it was ever intended to be. The very fact it is not sustainable is a revenue generating engine for the installed software provider. Those types of providers are not in the game for the long haul. Their temporary innovations are distracting to the software-as-a-service focus. It won't be long now, installed software seems as historic as reading news from a printed newspaper (and after using them your hands feel dirty).