Web 2.0 – Kim Polese, Spikesource

Web 2.0 High Order Bit
Kim Polese, Spikesource
10/7/04 Web 2.0 and the IT renaissance is about going from an egosystem to an ecosystem.

Strange things are happening in IT. Brazil throws out Microsoft. Regions of Spain, Germany and Belgium are adopting open source. The US Department of Defense pushes for open source. In 1776, they called it the tea party. It’s a revolution, from the bottom-up.

Let’s give credit where credit is due. The top down system worked for a long time. The industrial egosystem has worked well for Ford, JP Morgan, Carnegie. Top down software was a natural for its time.

Then the net came. Which is a whole new software habitat. It’s home on the range for developers. It allows for end to end communications. And soon the new ecosystem was filled. Customers didn’t need to drink the expensive tea anymore. They could make what they wanted. It started with open source adoption. Now, open source is going mainstream. We’ve been evolving for a long time towards this point. We tried good ideas in object oriented programming, but we were all stuck in our own silos.

Web 2.0 demand began to supply itself. Programmers and users are turning markets upside down. We have the Wikipedia, blogs, podcasting. The view from the top is not happy. Microsoft doesn’t like open source. Nicholas Carr says that IT doesn’t matter, it’s a cost that needs to be controlled. IT is not strategic.

In the new ecosystem, the real hero is the IT guy. It’s driving change. He looks like outsource fodder. IT is turning phone booths into WIFI hot spots in NY city. IT is unwiring whole cities. It’s turning old mainframes into new Linux server farms. It is driving hardware and licensing costs to the floor. It is making bosses happy.

The Net and open source were both built on the same principles. Nobody owns it. Everybody can use it. Anybody can improve it. IT gets better naturally. By using debugging by thousands of people you don’t know. Everyone participates in a mature market. New opportunities are opening up to be filled by commodities. But there are too many commodities right now. IT is drowning in component choices.

Need a company which assembles software like Ford assembled cars.

Introduction to Spikesource, which pre-integrates open source. We’re an open source IT services company. We have an automated system for assembling software. Deep computer science is involved. We have an automated framework for accomplishing this. Our alpha was available in March and our public beta in December. We have automated assembly, deployment and lifecycle management in a validated, tested and integrated system.