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How Apple Achieves Massive Scale Without Pain


The Elastic Enterprise, Authors: Nicholas Vitalari and Haydn Shaughnessy.

By Steve Denning – Apple [AAPL] met the diverse needs of hundreds of millions of individual iPhone users by launching its own ecosystem—a technology platform that enabled hundreds of thousands of developers to create Apps that could meet every conceivable human need and to offer them directly to customers.

A very different and more beneficial form of externalization is taking place at the moment.

One example of that would be the switch at Autodesk [ADSK] from a B2B business to a B2C business. It’s not fully implemented yet. It took them thirty years to grow a customer base of 12 million users. But in three years, they have grown a community of 120 million. So in a tenth of the time, they have grown a community that is ten times the size. more> http://tinyurl.com/ojhcxmq

Update: Corning’s Paper-Thin, Flexible Glass

By Ann R. Thryft – Corning is already known for making a different material: The Gorilla Glass that’s used in smartphone displays as a protective outer cover. The new, paper-thin Willow Glass can also be used for displays, but these are substrates with flexible electronic devices printed on them. At 100 microns thin, it can be rolled into tubes with a diameter as small as 2 inches. This makes it adaptable to high-volume, low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing processes, which has not been done before with glass. more> http://tinyurl.com/mb5293k

Apple Needs the iWatch More Than You Do

By Rebecca Greenfield – “The smartphone industry’s go-go years are officially over,” declared the Financial Times earlier this year. Everyone who wants a $600 iPhone already has one — all the growth is on the low end of things.

Even if the iWatch impresses as much as the current fancy-timepieces out there, Apple will sell something. As niche as it is, both the watch and the fitness watch markets are growing. The “fitness watch market” is expected to hit $1 billion at the end of this year, a 50 percent growth from last year. At the very least, the Apple loyalists will buy into it. more> http://tinyurl.com/k7nbwwj

Can Your iPhone Bring Down a Plant?

By Rob Spiegel – There has long been tension between plant control and corporate IT when it comes to security. The two disciplines have opposing points of view. Its mantra is protection comes first. Control insists that uptime and throughput come first.

“The war with IT will never settle down. IT is an organization with a set of tools to protect their network. Their job is to protect data,” Lee Neitzel, senior technologist at Emerson Process Management told Design News. “All of their tools are around protecting data. IT says we’re going to install this in two hours and it will require a reboot and control has no choice in the matter.” more> http://tinyurl.com/nw7vjvy


What Apple and HTC’s Landmark Pact Means for the Patent Wars

By Sam Gustin – Put simply, these patent wars have spun out of control. This could have detrimental effects to U.S. competitiveness. No less a legal authority than federal judge Richard A. Posner — who recently dismissed a major patent lawsuit between Apple and Motorola — recently wrote that “there appear to be serious problems with our patent system.”

Last year, for the first time, Apple and Google spent more on patent litigation and intellectual property than on research and development. That’s not healthy for either of these companies or the U.S. economy. more> http://tinyurl.com/aqmffh4