Accenture: Nothing beats the Net

“There is nothing on the horizon that will profoundly change the business world in the same way that the internet did a decade ago.”

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By Staff Writer Published  October 10, 2011

“There is nothing on the horizon that will profoundly change the business world in the same way that the internet did a decade ago.” That is the message that Georgio Paolo, IT Strategy Lead, Accenture, delivered to a crowed conference at the GITEX Global Leaders Summit yesterday.

Paolo played down the impact of the cloud on business, saying that it was only possible as the result of the stability that the internet and its underlying technologies had brought to businesses around the world.

“No one asks if the internet will be here in three years time; we all know it will still be around in 30 years, so that level of stability and confidence has allowed a lot of innovation to take place in a short period of time,” he told GITEX Times just before his speech.

However, he said that while the internet had provided a stable platform, it had also created a number of issues that need to be addressed by CIOs. “The very concept of access has changed. They have to consider what the world beyond the PC and the browser means for their business – what happens when you have access anywhere in the world, through an increasing number of devices, and at higher and higher speeds?” Paolo also said that there were a number of issues with the way the stability of the internet had allowed vendors more free reign to create their own standards; standards that ultimately are incompatible. “There’s a real polarisation on the server side. You do have some companies trying to work together, but you also have many trying to create a situation where they are the only vendor you can use. The client side, that trend is even worse.”

Cloud wasn’t the only topic Paolo addressed. He also spoke at length about how the stability of the internet had resulted in a failure to address key issues with green computing. “When I hear CIOs speak about green computing, they’re very good at addressing ways to reduce CO2 emissions through technology such as telepresence, and increasing hardware efficiency, but they’re very poor at addressing the waste caused by badly coded software.

“It’s a major problem,” he added. “If the software is not efficient, then the whole department can’t be either.”

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