Update: Windows Phone 7, Enterprise Software, the Future of Data Center Jobs (Video)
If you’re an app developer, Microsoft really really wants you to look at Windows Phone 7… The enterprise is going to feel the impact of smartphone and tablet use… And the future of data center specialists may lie in outsourcing.
Microsoft published a guide for iOS developers interested in working on Windows Phone 7. It includes information on translating APIs and case studies on porting applications. Microsoft’s anxious to attract more developers to Windows Phone. Just 29 percent say they’re ”very interested” in working with it. And that’s fewer than the previous quarter. That compares to 91 percent for iPhone and 85 percent for Android phones. Windows Phone is still seen as “emerging,” developers don’t think they can make much money with it. It’s all about market share. So Microsoft has to convince developers that it’s serious about catching up — then deliver.
Mobile devices are pretty much ubiquitous now, and that has “significant implications” for enterprise software, says IT Business Edge. This could be especially true in the use of business intelligence, where more executives want to access data through their tablets. That’s an opportunity for enterprise application companies, so they’re adding in. Oracle, for example, just released version 220.127.116.11 of Oracle Business Intelligence to support the iPad and iPhone.So: The use of these packages is sure to increase use of enterprise applications in general — as well as the amount of infrastructure required to support them. Whatever happens, the impact of mobile computing is bound to have a dramatic impact on the enterprise.
More large companies are considering outsourcing their data centers. Digital Realty Trust says only 51 percent of those planning to expand their centers this year, are considering doing it themselves. That’s 6 percent less than last year. DLR’s CEO Michael Foust say this all shows how the industry is moving toward leveraging the expertise and resources of data center specialists. More and more, enterprises seem to like the model of leasing as opposed to tackling data center projects on their own. Among other things, they save money that way. So, data center professions should keep a close eye on these outsourcing service providers. That may well be where the future opportunities lie.