The media, the analysts, and the enterprise are all in a state of flux, says Phil Wainewright, a leading UK-based analyst, in an interview last week with CloudBlog. It was indeed a cloudy day in London, but the light was brilliant as was Wainewright on the second half of the two-part interview. This was in stark contrast to the first part of the interview which not so subtly hinted that Wainewright was part of an odd underworld sect.While Wainewright refused to predict the weather this time, he did point out that the national weather service was wrong in its predictions the day before. This honesty and transparency rate highly in CloudBlog’s books.
More to the point, Wainewright said analyst firms may be subject to the same business dynamics (that is, really bad) as the media firms. While it seems self-serving when Wainewright says that independent analysts will be better off and more valuable to customers, it really wasn’t. Wainewright was sincere and analytical.
It also isn’t self-serving when Wainewright says that enterprises can’t be as agile as more nimble start-ups. That is unless they buy them, but at that point it’s anybody’s guess at whether these start-ups are assimilated in the Borg or whether they can make some use of them.
The fact is that after watching OpenWorld coverage staged by the best known case of assimilating Borg in the post-modern world, it is completely apparent that companies can simply disappear. Other assimilated entities will re-emerge as odd hybrids full of false pretenses. I for one am not afraid to make predictions, and as sure as the Sun goes down, I predict that there will be a lot of blogs about that Borg and few will make sense of it all.