Content Will Be Force For IT Revival
Compelling online content will justify further investment in IT.The examination of content management services by eWeek Labs in this issue should inspire both buyers and sellers of enterprise IT to think about what might trigger the next wave of productive technology investment. For decades, the industry has been driven by Moores Law, which predicts doubling device counts every 18 months and the price/performance breakthroughs that follow from this trend. But its easy to wonder if hardware performance has gotten too far ahead of application design and if users are merely being confused or annoyed more quickly than they were the year before. Lackluster demand for such innovations as Intels Itanium supports this suspicion.
More recently, the industrys co-driver has been the less well-known Metcalfes Law, which holds that the value of a network rises with the square of the number of users. As networks approach ubiquity, though, one finds that some users cost more to serve than others. Both vendors and system administrators find a rising percentage of their budgets supporting those who are least able, or least inclined, to solve their own problems.