Developing the Future is a report commissioned by Microsoft but written by a number of contributors who come from the IT Industry and academia.
It is a way of voicing concerns and examining how trends and changes within the software industry impact the UK economy. You can get more information from the Developing the Future website and you can also download the full report in PDF format here.
Developing the future 2007 is the second report so far and actually makes some very interesting reading, its a bit like a boiled down, UK specific version of The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman . This publication leans a little heavily on the academia side of the report in my opinion. But still worth a view! (as is The World is Flat but will take you a little longer to read!!)
This report provides a really interesting view on how technology and innovation will impact all our lives.
If this interests you, you should really be part of Voices for Innovation !!
I have always worked fairly close to a part of Microsoft called DPE (Developer and Platform Evangelism), basically these guys are charged with the task of getting people enthused and excited about Microsoft’s emerging technologies. I thought it might be useful to provide a small insight into the roadmap for some of our technology rhythms that the DPE team work to.
We are interested in all companies, of course, but we can do the most for those which will in some way align with, and enhance, our newest technologies. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the technologies we will be focused on over the next year or so…..
· SQL Server codename “Katmai” –the next version of SQL Server with focus on the following themes: Data Platform, Dynamic Development, Beyond Relational and Pervasive Insight.
· Windows Server (codename “Longhorn”) – focus on Identity, Web & Application Server, Virtualization and Management and high-performance computing.
· Vista –broadening the reach of the client-side .NET 3.0 platform (including WPF, WCF and ClickOnce) , as well as Windows Media Center and the Vista Sidebar.
· Office –emerging information Worker technologies including Unified Communications, The next version of Visual Studio Tools for Office (in the upcoming release of Visual Studio codenamed “Orcas”, Open XML, Office Live and Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server)
· Web User Experience – our technologies for building cross-platform, browser-based experiences including: ASP.NET (AJAX), SilverLight, and Windows Live Services.
· Visual Studio “Orcas” and the .NET Framework –developer platform (.NET Framework 3.x), lifecycle tools (VSTS/TFS)
· Dynamics – Dynamics CRM codenamed “Titan” and Dynamics AX 5.0. including SaaS/online delivery models for CRM.
The 2007 Worldwide Partner Conference launched a raft of fabulous, exciting new technologies that open up so many opportunities for all Microsoft Partners. The UK representation was the biggest yet, illustrating the networking, technological, and business benefits of attendance.
If you were unable to attend you can catch up with the keynote presentations and videos on Digital WPC. These are just a few of the highlights that wowed a worldwide audience of over 9,500 partners:
· Software Plus Services Explore the opportunities presented by blending locally installed, full-package software with Internet-delivered or hosted applications. A big message throughout the conference
· Live Services Learn more about creating new revenue streams for your business.
· Web solutions Explore new design and development tools to help you create innovative web solutions.
· Microsoft adCenter Broaden your portfolio with the tools you need to deliver cost-effective online-marketing solutions.
· Product and tool demonstrations Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM, Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Automotive, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista Business Value Assessment, Windows Vista Hardware Assessment. Useful demos to understand what some of this innovation really means.