“Today, your cell phone has more computer power than all of NASA back in 1969, when it placed two astronauts on the moon. Video games, which consume enormous amounts of computer power to simulate 3-D situations, use more computer power than mainframe computers of the previous decade. The Sony PlayStation of today, which costs $300, has the power of a military supercomputer of 1997, which cost millions of dollars”.
Michio Kaku, Physics Of The Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny And Our Daily Lives By The Year 2100
With of Sapphire 2015 just beginning early this week , I was curious to find Sapphire past topics , then I met with the Sapphire 2011 where the first conference was given by the renowned Irish actor Gabriel Byrne along with a number of guests led by the famous theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku, co-founder of string field theory, engineer and physicist Peter Diamantis, the renowned entrepreneur Isabella Aguilera and Michael Schrage, a researcher at MIT Sloan School's Center for Digital Business.
The topics exposed were Mobility, Cloud and the new "in-memory computing" with SAP HANA as a solution.
A question was then asked, how our companies would see themselves in 2015? . This reflection implied the rapid pace of change, it is important to notice that we no longer speak about decades or five-year periods, but of years, and very soon perhaps months.
Yet in 2015 we see that Mobility, Cloud and HANA are occupying spaces that perhaps back in 2011 were far from imagine, with Hana specifically, SAP is betting its future with its new platform S/4HANA, taking advantage of innovative technology in RAM (cost reduction) and parallel processing (faster, smarter processors). This will force many SAP clients, as we have talked in meetings, to rethink their strategies for the coming months and years.
This technological change, coupled with Mobility and Cloud, will initiate the creation of new business models, new ways of interacting with consumers, new approaches for products, services and manufacturing processes, new relationships with employees and suppliers, improvements in demographics and segmentation responses and greater participation in social and economic development.
Meanwhile, Dr. Michio Kaku and Gordon Moore (2) have predict that within a 10-15 years span, Moore's Law (2) will cease to have its exponential characteristic, due to limitations in the materials used to create microprocessors, causing the birth of a new revolution (technologies), this can be interpreted as an affirmation of the innovative changes to come, that will bring new challenges and opportunities in physics, computer science and business.
Peter Diamantis in his book "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think" (3) poses a future where humanity will have access to clean water (the earth consists of 97.2% water), food, cheap energy, health, education and everything to ensure a standard of living in the style of the developed world. This optimistic vision is not far from reality; humanity has evolved offering better life and resources than our ancestors did 100 years ago.
Today in 2015, we should ask again, how do we envision the future of our companies?, we are preparing for that future? or in a few years we will have to catch up in a hurry and then run behind the leaders.
By Luis Tovar - Director NCG
(1) Mikio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist, co-founder of string field theory, a branch of string theory.
(2) Gordon Moore, creator of Moore's Law, which states that every 18 months the processing power doubles.
(3) Peter Diamantis is an engineer, physicist and entrepreneur who along with Steven Kotler wrote the book "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think" Authors Peter Diamandis, Steven Kotler, Antoni Bosch Editor, November 13, 2013 - 488 pages.
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