27 Jul 2016
10 Jun 2016

What is the tech ecosystem?

What is a tech ecossytem

What is an Ecosystem

 

I have been a huge fan of the Apple ecosystem for a while now, and I still am. I first want to explain what an ecosystem is and why it is so important. An ecosystem is a collection of software and devices that help to allow for a seamless OS experience. It allows the information user to easily store and retrieve information as well as represent it from any device anywhere. A person fully committed to the Apple ecosystem may have the following devices:

iPhone 6s Plus

Macbook Pro

Apple TV

iPod

iMac

Airport Extreme

iPad

While it may seem as simple as “buy everything that apple makes and you will be better off,” there is more to it than that. The operating system is very important. There was always opportunities to buy every product line up that a company produced, what changed was the internet and the cloud. Cloud connectivity and apps created the ecosystem. This allowed one to store there information on one device and access it on another. It allowed for using an application on one device, and then picking up the work on another device. This was a huge game changer, and many don’t fully appreciate or even realize the value in ecosystems. It’s the software which really defines and ecosystem. I will argue here that for an ecosystem to be developed in its most rudimentary form, there must be a few key software integrations. Let’s take Apple for example. The following software is key to apples ecosystem:

itunes

keychain

a browser, Safari

icloud

productivity software (in the cloud)

Without these basic components, the ecosystem doesn’t really fully exist, and the cloud is the one critical component that brings it all together.
Thus if there were a proper way to name such ecosystems, it would be the name of their respective clouds that should be used. For instance, instead of the Apple ecosystem, we would have the icloud ecosystem; instead of the Windows ecosystem, it would be the OneDrive ecosystem; instead if the Android or Google ecosystem, we would have the Google Drive ecosystem. This begs the question, does Samsung have an ecosystem? Does LG have an ecosystem. Well the term has been used loosely to describe many similar things, but not quite what we’re talking about here. Do we need a new term? As we discuss this issue in further posts, we will establish some well thought out definition and term to define what is being described here.

An ecosystem is software driven and focused and there must be a cloud at it’s center as a driver and engine, to hold all the software together – to be complemented by additional programs like Canada’s best facility management software for business needs, etc. Device classification is important too, especially as the internet of things become more ingrained; but only important as far as software is concerned. For hardware is only a tool of software. It’s the software that is the most important. We will continue to explore the ecosystem, what it is, what defines it, etc….

Windows Ecosystem (OneDrive)

Windows Ecosystem

Windows Ecosystem

Apple Ecosystem (iCloud)

Apple ecosystem

Apple ecosystem

Google Ecosystem (Google Drive)

Google ecosystem

Google ecosystem

 

Ubuntu Ecosystem (No Cloud!!!!!! Where is Ubuntu One!!!!!)

Ubuntu Ecosystem?

The Ubuntu Ecosystem?

 

 

 

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21 May 2016
10 May 2016

WATCH: You Should Learn To Program!

Christian is an SMU President’s Scholar majoring in Computer Science with a premedical specialization. He has an affinity for tech startups, a knack for Web development, and a fascination with the rapid progress of technology and its implications on the future of human society. Christian is on a mission to inspire the world to learn to program.

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19 Apr 2016

WATCH: Inspiring TEDx Talk On Computer Science Education

Ashley’s talk shines a light on the major problem that is American Computer Science education. In 2020, 1.4 million new jobs will be available for those with competing backgrounds, but we’ll only have engineers to fill two-thirds of them.

Ashley shows us how we can right this wrong.

Ashley Gavin is a computer science education consultant with a passion for making computer science curricula empowering, accessible, and above all, fun.

Her work in curriculum and program development serves as the foundation for some of the finest educational organizations in the country including her brainchild “Girls Who Code”.

During high school, Ashley was actively interested in tech. However, she was denied access to computer science courses at her school due her failing grades in math and science.

In her senior year, the newly appointed CS teacher noticed her affinity for tech and took a risk by letting her drop math and take computer science instead.

Ashley has since been working to do so for as many students as possible, especially those in underrepresented groups.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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17 Apr 2016

WATCH: Hadi Partovi Explains How Computer Science is For Everyone

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.This persuasive talk shows how essential and easy it is to gain a basic understanding of computer science learning principles.

Our world increasingly driven by technology and software, so we all need to know the creative, problem-solving power of computer science.

This is especially important to students who will lead the way in our shared future. Learn how you can take the next step at http://code.org .

Hadi Partovi learned computer science so he could have games to play on the computer his father gave him (a Commodore 64) when he was 10 years old in Iran.

Since then he has worked as computer programmer and also as an entrepreneur, investor, and as co-founder of Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to growing computer science education in the US and worldwide.

Hadi has been Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer, was General Manager of MSN.com where he helped deliver 30% annual growth and MSN’s only year of profit.

He was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike. As an angel investor and startup advisor, Hadi’s portfolio includes Facebook, Zappos, Dropbox, airbnb, OPOWER, Flixster, Bluekai, TASER, and many others.

Partovi explains in depth just why the computer science and technology industry needs more women and young children involved and how it will be foundational to any job within the next 30-40 years.

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