How we got to now in enterprise software, and where we are headed — Part 1/6

I was on a train ride recently, going from San Francisco to Mountain View. I struck a conversation with the person next to me — who happened to be the co-founder of a tech startup in Palo Alto. We ended up having an engaging conversation about the past, present and future of enterprise software. That conversation is the idea-seed for this 6-part blog series.

Part 1— Introduction (this post)

Part 2— The distant past — Early enterprise computing with Mainframes

Part 3— The recent past — Systems of Record and productivity with Client Server and distributed systems

Part 4— The present — Systems of Record and productivity (take 2) with Cloud and SaaS (coming soon!)

Part 5— The emerging future — Systems of Engagement, the great unbundling & new value assemblies (coming soon!)

Part 6— The near future — Cognitive, intuitive automation & the ‘real’ disruption (coming soon!)

Major shifts in paradigms seldom happen in a vacuum. Multiple enabling factors coming together at the right time, act as a catalyst for the change. For each era of Enterprise Software, we analyze and discuss these key dynamics.

· Business Model dynamics

· Investments and M&A dynamics

· Technology dynamics

· Customer dynamics

· Moat dynamics

A complex nuanced topic like this deserves a book-length treatment. However, in this series I make an attempt to present it at blog-length parts. I look forward to your comments and dialogue!

P.S: The title of the blog is a hat-tip to Stephen Johnson’s book and show — How We Got to Now.

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