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Chapter 3. Understanding ASP > Global Technology Trends—Shifting Paradigms

Global Technology Trends—Shifting Paradigms

The “historical inevitability” of the ASP emergence, discussed in Chapter 1, is required but not sufficient to explain the major shift in the way IT is conducted and how its services are delivered to its users. The necessary condition for such a shift is the availability of enabling technologies. This book dedicates a significant amount of space to the discussion of enabling technologies. Some technology enablers for the new ways of IT service delivery are briefly reviewed in sections following. A more specific discussion of the ASP enabling technologies is provided in Chapter 10.

In the meantime, the material in the following section addresses two powerful and nascent technology trends impacting the fundamental business IT and the Internet. These two trends are the famed shift from a Microcosm to Telecosm, ardently advocated by George Gilder, and another critical shift from scarcity of storage to its abundance with its concomitant consequences for the ASP.


  

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