The Future Of Work May Not (be) Work

Whenever I read about the ‘Flexible Workforce’ or ’The Future of Work’ (‘Het Nieuwe Werken, HNW’) I wonder whether the concept is a means to an end, an objective or a result. Governments and ICT vendors are telling us this concept can help us to overcome the problems an aging population will bring about and, […] Read more »

Four Scenarios for Digital Europe: Are We Ready?

We love scenario thinking here at the METISfiles! In a recent keynote at IT-Dagen 2011 in Denmark, METISfiles principal analyst for the elastic enterprise Pim Bilderbeek looked at the current and future state of digital government in Europe. Now is a good time to look at our digital future, because recent events dictate that this […] Read more »

Customer Climate Change Hitting Dutch Telecom Operator

Tough times are ahead for (mobile) telecom operators. Yes, they knew it was coming, but the speed at which customers are embracing mobile VoIP and chat still surprised them. The measures Dutch telco KPN is forced to take should be a shot across the bow for operators across the globe. The METISfiles predicts a painful […] Read more »

Microsoft’s Cloud Ecosystem: Can Office 365 Migrate Partners To The Cloud?

Microsoft is stepping up its cloud efforts. During 2010, Steve Ballmer made a commitment to the cloud: “Microsoft invested $8.7 billion in R&D, with most of that devoted to cloud technologies. Today, 70 percent of Microsoft’s 40,000 engineers work on cloud-related products and services, in 2011 that number will grow to 90 percent.” With the […] Read more »

Cisco and Videoconferencing: Mission Accomplished

Somewhere in the mid nineties Intel announced  that they were entering a new market: the market of videoconferencing. They were convinced that their timing was right and that the rapidly growing cost of business travel could be pushed back by organizations through adoption of teleconferencing technology. During conferences they showed the audience how it worked […] Read more »

Data Centers and the Cloud

The METISfiles presented at the DatacenterWorks BICSI Conference in The Open, Tiel, on April 15. Pim Bilderbeek, Principal Analyst, wrapped up the event with a presentation on how Data Centers are changing under influence of the Cloud. The METISfiles argues that data centers are changing from vertical application oriented infrastructure pipes to horizontally connected layers. […] Read more »