Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog

Jul 18 2007   11:54PM GMT

The biggest thing in IT

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There’s been a buzz in Computer Weekly’s office today. What is the 10 most

significant e-commerce developments in the last 10 years? According to the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Google is Number One , folllowed by broadband penetration in the US, eBay, Amazon and Google Adwords.

How about technological advancements? Would you vote for Windows 2000 or Web Services, Java, Ajax, virtualisation or multi-core processors? How about Google?

Were I a cynic, I would argue that the Melissa Worm or Y2K – the biggest non-event ever – should be up there in the top 10. Both raised awareness of the fragile nature of IT and how easy it could impact our lives. While I use Google at least 20 times a day, it just can’t be that important . One could argue that Google has captured the combined knowledge of the human race via the Internet – except if you happen to live in China, where Google’s search results delist key events in China’s recent history like Tiannerman Square and the Tank Man.

Personally, I think the mapping of the human genome represents the single biggest technological advancement in the area of bioinformatics. It required a huge amount of IT and in my opinion we are only starting to see the first fruits of the benefits it will be able to deliver to mankind.

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  • Steve Way
    Cliff, next time we meet, remind me to let you have the details on how Y2K was one of the biggest IT projects ever, delivered (to the most part) on time...

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