SOGETI UK BLOG

02.Aug.16

What is Real?

Define Real

Back in 2004, I had three dogs: Spinner, Turner and Twister. It was great to see them having a good time together, and great to take them out. They also loved to play with the red ball I had got for them. I always wanted to have many dogs!

 

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I had a little house, on a small piece of land that could be defined as a prairie… Not much to look at, a dry waist land. I was happy to have a dune buggy I could take out on the track. These days I hosted many events with others to take a spin in the bugs, on bikes and boards.

 

I made some pennies on creative t-shirt designs and remember that I looked up to the sky wishing I could save enough to buy a boat. Then I discovered what I was really good at in this world: mentoring. I have helped so many people discover new insights to this world that it was literally valued with millions. I finally could get a boat, in fact; I could buy many boats. I invested some money in creating a hoverboard shaped like a Feather: The FeatherBoard I called it. I loved it and it got quite some attention. However on March 9, 2010 my world ended. I was bankrupt. A new reality started for me.

 

They took away my so-called richness: cars, house, bikes and all my personally designed goodies. But what was worse: I instantly got disconnected to all that I had mentored. It was the day There.com closed. The end of one of the greatest virtual presences I experienced

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These days we talk about virtual reality and augmented reality for having huge potential. I define virtual reality as everything we see being simulated and augmented reality as a blend between the real and the virtual, where (usually) facts and figures are commonly superimposed on top of the real environment. Although definitions may vary, a much more interesting development is the fresh wave of mixed reality, where a real-time simulated world or sub-world is projected on top of our ‘real’ world. It becomes fuzzier, it blends. Hard lines are harder to find. Definitions will blur too. Or even matter less.

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“Morpheus: What is real? How do you define real?”

Consider this: your daughter of 8 years old tells everyone in her class that she got a new dog yesterday. She takes home her friends and plays with the dog – called ‘mysty’ – through an experience much like Microsoft Hololens or Magic Leap VR. They play with him and they might even take him for a walk and feed it.

Now imagine it is time for a holiday trip. Will she think of taking the dog with her? Maybe, she will. If you wouldn’t agree would she miss him? Would you miss him? Most of all, I still miss Spinner, Turner and Twister.

Kamel Abid AUTHOR:
In summer 2014, Kamel Abid celebrated his 20th year as an IT professional, while swimming among computers and keyboards since the age of 5. Today, he manages tens of experts & architects, involved in complex transformation and integration of IT infrastructures in Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. In parallel, as an Expert leader, Kamel animates Desktop & Unified Communication PMP through events, workshops, articles in newspapers, social media, etc. A native of Nice (french riviera), Kamel previously worked as Developer, System Administrator, Support Engineer, Project Leader, Bid Manager and then Delivery Manager. Hired at Sogeti Luxembourg in 2008, he passed through several in-house activities: Consulting, Bidding, Team Leading and now sharing knowledge as a domain Expert.

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Microsoft Branch Revolution

Achieving some Windows 10 migrations, Sogeti Luxembourg is glad to announce its customers it tastes like a piece of cake  (compared to Windows7 ghost train). Sounds good to you? Sorry to inform that your Yepaaaa! won’t last. The reason?Microsoft Branch Revolution.

Some months ago, I shared with you 3 things to keep in mind for enterprises about Windows 10 migrations. And even if this new OS brings a myriad of new features, it remains a Workplace project with it’s so classical concerns: mobility, security, ergonomic and collaboration.

Remember Windows 10 will be your last real & global migration project. Microsoft introduced a new concept:Upgrades.
From now, Microsoft pushes new features on a regular basis.

Don’t be mistaken by Updates which remain
     (the 2nd Tuesday of each month)
and fix bugs and security vulnerabilities.

After a global survey, Microsoft went through 42% of its customers’ strongest request: no more bid deployment. So, they created a new Upgrade program. The kernel of your OS is indeed upgraded all the time. Meaning that your computer will be continuously migrated in a certain sense. You’ll get new features and new environment all the time.

Preoccupied by business continuity and the impact of such frequent changes, Microsoft has set up 3 different branches. Understand 3 different upgrade-run rhythms: CB, CBB and LTSB. I won’t go deep into each of them (just google these acronym and you’ll get all the details). Just keep in mind the following statement:

The Branch you choose will have a big impact on your business, your internal IT service management and your licensing bill. And you know what? You can’t elude the question.

You must choose between
  • Current Branch – MS gives the beat: Ongoing Automatic upgrades
  • Current Branch for Business – Slowing down the beat: Upgrades can be postponed up to 8 months before mandatory application
  • Long Term Service Branch – You give the tempo: No automatic upgrade application / Massive migration to envisage for future

Windows Branch Migration PathMoving from LTSB (the slowest upgrade program) to a higher Branch (CBB or even CB) can be done easily and seamlessly. On the other hand, if a company feels too overflowed by these frequent upgrades and wants to go slower (let say from CBB to LTSB) the only way to go is to operate a massive Windows migration from Windows 10 to… Windows 10. You have correctly read. There’s no typing mistake.

Everybody will migrate to Windows 10 for sure. Everybody. This being said, even if in the past Windows migrations used to bring its technical issues (compatibility, packaging…), today with this revolutionary Upgrade concept, CIO will be more facing out strategical issues. And the first one will be the Branch choice. Next, upgrade application strategy.  Then Devices, Windows lifecycle, BYOD…

You have called Workplace Experts, please hold on. You will shortly be answering…

Kamel Abid AUTHOR:
In summer 2014, Kamel Abid celebrated his 20th year as an IT professional, while swimming among computers and keyboards since the age of 5. Today, he manages tens of experts & architects, involved in complex transformation and integration of IT infrastructures in Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. In parallel, as an Expert leader, Kamel animates Desktop & Unified Communication PMP through events, workshops, articles in newspapers, social media, etc. A native of Nice (french riviera), Kamel previously worked as Developer, System Administrator, Support Engineer, Project Leader, Bid Manager and then Delivery Manager. Hired at Sogeti Luxembourg in 2008, he passed through several in-house activities: Consulting, Bidding, Team Leading and now sharing knowledge as a domain Expert.

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Oyez Oyez CIOs!

I call your attention regarding the decadewhat obashi is not we – IT pro – will face out. Our technological skyline is clouded and darkens ahead. Prediction must be foiled by any means necessary. We are running out of time but everything is still possible. OBASHI is the key.

While visiting customers to sharpen IT transformation business cases, I often discover (time after time) non-IT people by-passing IT service to satisfy their own business needs. The global IS maturity (mainly caused by a full consumer penetration rate) and the ease of Cloud procurement generates a scenario where IT service don’t keep the driver seat while non-IT pro will improvise IT strategy. A real threat for IT, a real threat for Business, a real danger for your company.

What is OBASHI? Nothing to deal with Obama bashing, nor something related to Japanese food.

“Originally developed in 2001 by Fergus Cloughley and Paul WallisOBASHI is a methodology used to help business professionals easily understand the ‘dollar per second’ value of dataflow that supports their business services and processes, in a simple and meaningful way. OBASHI is the basis on which they can make better informed and more accurate strategic, operational, tactical and technical décisions.

OBASHI Business & IT Diagram

Obashi diagram refreshed by kamdenice

Consider OBASHI as a framework that enables a fair, equitable and pertinent climate for both Business and IT worlds for constructive conversations.

Like all new concept, the hype curve related to OBASHI will host early adopters, old-fashion sceptics and the rest of the herd.

I address this article to all my peers and brothers (IT Gen-Xers). Time where IT Pros were dictating IT means and costs in enterprise lands has gone. Be aware of this changing paradigm. I’m not calling for a new revolution. Just advising all of us to read a little bit, at least, on OBASHI.

 

Kamel Abid AUTHOR:
In summer 2014, Kamel Abid celebrated his 20th year as an IT professional, while swimming among computers and keyboards since the age of 5. Today, he manages tens of experts & architects, involved in complex transformation and integration of IT infrastructures in Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. In parallel, as an Expert leader, Kamel animates Desktop & Unified Communication PMP through events, workshops, articles in newspapers, social media, etc. A native of Nice (french riviera), Kamel previously worked as Developer, System Administrator, Support Engineer, Project Leader, Bid Manager and then Delivery Manager. Hired at Sogeti Luxembourg in 2008, he passed through several in-house activities: Consulting, Bidding, Team Leading and now sharing knowledge as a domain Expert.

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What would you bring first?
Your smartphone, your tablet or your laptop?

Before we go any further on this cornelian choice, let me raise you the story called the Post PC-era: a common IT prophecy arguing there will be no desktop anymore. How will be our workplace with no PC thronging on our office anymore? This question reveals in fact a major issue for your day-to-day business in the next decade, which I’m going to tell you about.

I’m sure you already heard about periscope new trend app. Like all social network, the goal is to cover the maximum of the population. And guess what, the app is only accessible for iOS and Android smartphones. No Windows phone, no Internet Explorer, no PC, nor laptop. So, for innovative minds, PC and Windows are already negligible.

Does it mean that Personal Computers would soon disappear? Hell no. Some weeks ago, I’ve tackled this kind of sweeping statements via another article: IT is dead, long life to IT. Despite all the electronic innovations, despite hot water taps, we all use a boiler almost every day. So boilers are not dead and PC won’t extinct. OK.

So, PC has not to be irremediably added on the growing list of extinct technologies. Not Yet. Nevertheless, what we currently see is:

The proliferation of devicesproliferation of devices

Spreading everywhere, this smaller-equipment invasion phenomenon is amplifying constantly for a decade. I use my smartphone, my Apple watch to check e-mails, to browse the web, to use some business web apps. I often use my tablet as well. Dealing with the Post PC-era

Don’t think What else but What more

Visiting various customers, what I see is more segregation of IT tools based on grade. VPN access for CxO and big managers. Business mobile devices as well. For old-school IT mindset, devices and software were more considered as privileges granted than simple tools to do the job. But since electronic equipment consumerist penetration rate is hitting the top, these privileges are getting economically ridiculous for collaborators, more e-doted at home than at the office.

Most companies aware of those times changing, are starting to lead profiling surveys based on IT usage and habits profiles. Whenever they need, they call us.

“Hey Boss !
Bring me the most adapted tool
and I’ll offer you the greatest productivity”

See what’s happening for Unified Communications. Which company still buy and expose a €100- fixed-phone on each desktop? UC habits are already tamed by the new générations.

Below, you can see the significant decrease of fixed phone usage and voice calls occurring in France, local example of a world trend.

Fixed telephone lines, 2004 and 2014

fixed phone lines EU stats

Number of lines per 1 000 inhabitants

Workplace will embrace this evolution the same way. And some innovations foster this digital transformation. First of all, web-based apps. It will become the standard for business applications and BYOD will be here by necessity. IoT will bring tablets and touch screen everywhere in the industrial landscape, substituting the old CRT console (still running colander OS XP by the way) attached to each robot.

So, except for companies where CIOs still rule the workplace like in the 90’s, PC will decline in enterprises as it already started in private life. Workstation extinction will be much longer than in consumer world but trust me, living time for mice and keyboards is getting shorter and shorter. The end has already started.

 

Kamel Abid AUTHOR:
In summer 2014, Kamel Abid celebrated his 20th year as an IT professional, while swimming among computers and keyboards since the age of 5. Today, he manages tens of experts & architects, involved in complex transformation and integration of IT infrastructures in Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. In parallel, as an Expert leader, Kamel animates Desktop & Unified Communication PMP through events, workshops, articles in newspapers, social media, etc. A native of Nice (french riviera), Kamel previously worked as Developer, System Administrator, Support Engineer, Project Leader, Bid Manager and then Delivery Manager. Hired at Sogeti Luxembourg in 2008, he passed through several in-house activities: Consulting, Bidding, Team Leading and now sharing knowledge as a domain Expert.

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Few days ago, I was browsing the LinkedIn feeds when my eyes got stuck on yet another new post arguing that…

Offshore Delivery Model was definitely dead

Whereas, I think it is just booming.

To be honest, I don’t mind if this perspective for ‘Offshore’ is right or wrong. I am tired of hearing a new prediction saying that an IT thing is categorically dead. Not because it’s IT but just because we heard that melody so many times, about so many things. My natural positive attitude drove me to more constructive thoughts. So, I decided to list some of the so-called dead IT topics:

Thin client will kill my Fat PCthin client

When this revolutionary light workplace concept was born in the 90’s, many opinion leaders prophesied the irremediable extinction of the Fat Client in couple of years. Feel free to have a look at the trend of computer sales below:

Sales of computer hardware and software stores

Goodbye physical network, hello wi-fi

cable Thanks to satellite relays and the dawn of 802.11 wireless standards, wired connections were supposed to be erased from the       landscape. When I have some time to kill I go and browse the Submarine Cable Map website. I invite you to do so. Jacques           Cousteau – the famous French naval explorer – would be “amazed” by this new forest under the sea.

 

Video Killed the radio star

video killed the radio star

Video killed the raaadio staaar” Covering this top-chart hit, TV was supposed to do the job. Then people started to create web-radio on the internet, setting podcast as the new radio relay. Not that bad for this so-old media born by the end of the 19th century.

Let’s replace radio by TV and Video by YouTube. How many prophets predicate nowadays the end of TV? And what about the newspapers, even more, the chargeable newspapers.

 

 

Americans Are The World's Biggest TV Lovers

In the last 2 weeks, I‘ve learned the announced death of
Microsoft, Twitter, CNN, Windows, DevOps, VMWare, the iPhone

Has total extinction of an IT concept occurred already? Rarely in history. I could tell the story of the Minitel (the first electronic yellow pages) but it is a PURE French one. I used to be these prophets predicting the end of daily use technology. More to convince myself than by real faith, I have to confess.

Innovation never dies

For sure the influence of the radio between the 40’s (when the entire family was sitting around, listening to Churchill  speech) and today has drastically decreased but all these old-fashion innovations brings complementarity to the new ones. When revolutionary foresights  are leveraged by antic innovations.

By the way, is blog posting almost dead yet?

 

Kamel Abid AUTHOR:
In summer 2014, Kamel Abid celebrated his 20th year as an IT professional, while swimming among computers and keyboards since the age of 5. Today, he manages tens of experts & architects, involved in complex transformation and integration of IT infrastructures in Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. In parallel, as an Expert leader, Kamel animates Desktop & Unified Communication PMP through events, workshops, articles in newspapers, social media, etc. A native of Nice (french riviera), Kamel previously worked as Developer, System Administrator, Support Engineer, Project Leader, Bid Manager and then Delivery Manager. Hired at Sogeti Luxembourg in 2008, he passed through several in-house activities: Consulting, Bidding, Team Leading and now sharing knowledge as a domain Expert.

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