Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Commodity or Simplicity ?

Just had a good chat with Anjo -MiracleBV-YAPP- Kolk, and we got some good soundbytes and possibly a presentation topic:

1st: IT is now a commodity, but that doesnt necessarily mean that IT is more simple.

For business (outsource-)decision makers this means that outsourcing IT to the cheapest provider is means exactly that: Cheap (and nothing else, let alone anything would work as expected - to make anything work is an Extra $$$).

2nd: Ppl are used to app-store style solutions.

We should keep that in mind when building customer faceing systems.
If it doesnt work immediately, the user will simply try to download another app. If there is no friedlier alternative, the user will become very unhappy, and possibly do a Youp[link].

Read the Title again: if you have the choice between "Commodity" and "Simplicity".
Simplicity may work better.


Terry Chung said...

How do you define a commodity?


PdV said...

I just copied this from wiktionary

Commodity :

(economics) Raw materials, agricultural and other primary products as objects of large-scale trading in specialized exchanges.
The price of crude oil is determined in continuous trading between professional players in World's many commodities exchanges.

(marketing) Undifferentiated goods characterized by a low profit
margin, as distinguished from branded products.
Although they were once in the forefront of consumer electronics, the calculators have become a mere commodity.

Keyword is "Low Margin".
and who said anything about paying peanuts ?

Anonymous said...

Hey Piet :)

Yeah I think this is the key problem: "Undifferentiated goods"

In my view, IT really isn't a commodity, it just appears that way because we haven't found a good way to measure it's value. I think that if we could measure it well, we would suddenly discover that DBA's and programmers cannot just be interchanged (which I'm sure you already know :)



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