The rules of business have changed. Digital technologies allow us to create experiences inspired by what people want—how customers want to interact, how employees and partners work best. We help organizations engage people and uncover insight from data to shape the products, services and experiences they offer.
Today’s SMAC Stack—‘the fifth wave’ of IT architecture—is happening faster than anything that’s come before. By 2020, as many as 100 billion computing devices will be connected to the Web. And corporations will be managing 50 times the data they do currently. So SMAC will have a multiplying effect on businesses and increase productivity across the organization.
Distributed PC 1992 - 2001
This market topped out at roughly 100,000 computers worldwide (combining the approximately 15,000 mainframes installed at the height of this era* and all of the ancillary computing devices attached to these machines). *Dan Woods, “The Naked Mainframe,” Forbes.com, Jan. 19, 2010
Led by companies such as Digital Equipment Corp., Data General, Wang, Prime Computer and Stratus, this era ushered in a trend of smaller, departmental computers (ironically — by today’s standards — called “mini,” as the 1.5- pound iPad has significantly more processing power than the 750-pound DEC VAX of 1980). At the end of the minicomputer era, approximately 10 million computing units were installed across enterprises worldwide, with 2.6 exabytes of data under management.
The early 1990s brought another order of magnitude growth in computers in the enterprise. Once the PCs, Unix boxes and network routers were installed to run the new enterprise systems, more than 100 million computers were sold, with 15.8 exabytes of data in the associated databases.
Connectivity to an entire new generation of devices and users drove the number of computers worldwide to 1 billion and tripled data under management to 54.5 exabytes.
The number of computers is quickly on its way to 100 billion and data volume is growing to 35,000 exabytes (more than 600 times the data under management at the end of the Internet era).
THE SMAC EFFECT
In all Industries across the business landscape, the SMAC Stack™ is eroding the
century-old blueprint of value chains and spawning new, highly distributed, virtualized business models. The power of this technology platform is in treating it as a stack, for its components have a multiplying effect
when they work in combination.
Real World Examples
Retailers are strategically deploying the SMAC Stack across key business processes to combine the best of virtual and physical retail shopping experiences. Now a customer’s mobile device can signal store management while they’re shopping. Advanced analytics arm associates with the right knowledge about that shopper so they can provide more valuable assistance. And customers can compare products, get information and redeem targeted offers from the Cloud while in store.
Medical device manufacturers are modernizing the remote monitoring process and minimizing office visits for both patients and clinicians. By deploying cloud-based mobility services that deliver full PDF reports via their iPad or iPhone, clinicians can provide instant remote care. The network also has the potential to use analytics to push out personalized insights, based on the patient’s response to treatment.
Corporate auditors can collect, process and share critical product insights from a single device. With intelligent, powerful iPad applications, store visits become a lot more productive. Information about promotions, inventory, pricing, product placement and competitors is transferred digitally and stored in the Cloud for further analytics and processing. All of which drives smarter marketing strategies to increase sales.
Physical Retail and the Intelligent Store
Virtualization of Patient Care
Product Information and Marketing Intelligence