An app, the web and the story of David and Goliath

It took only a tiny stone and it was a knockout. David beat Goliath and of course, loud laughter ceased when the underdog defied the big man. History repeats itself, one App challenged the web. And as the story goes, the web is dead or still alive but struggling to survive.

Something interesting happened  on these last years in which consuming software installed on our computers or websites that provide operational or strategic information of organizations, suddenly trasnsformed  into consuming PPPs. But to clarify these, I am not refering to the world of Apps where Angry Birds, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest mingle for users to have a good time. What I mean is that we are starting to use apps at work, for our businesses or any other organizational environment.

Even today, many of those who start a software business continue to develop a web application. The reason is clear: web applications are much easier to develop, maintain and implement  on all computers. Imagine for example how the process of updating the ATM software works. Truth is that those who make maintenance still go to branches to do some service or, hopefully, do it remotely (or whatever they call “remote”) . Those same machines could be connected to the Internet and be updated by updating an App.

But many key systems and organizations have been relegated simply to settle for being a repository of historical information systems and need  to be accessed in new ways rather than  90 year-old methods. So there are still millions of systems that only move data but are no longer accessed by users as it was before, but the information and access is given through what we call other interfaces. Something like a switch and turn on the light, but the transmission of electricity still flows through the walls of the building, but not see.

Back to our subject, Apps have made their way into companies as the new model of access to information, whoever is trying to access:manags, executives, customers, partners, other entity, etc. The key here is that we are interacting with the new paradigm of the operating systems of this new era, the Apps era: the age of information access from any device, anywhere.

That is the reaosn why  the design of the architecture of the software or applications is of paramount importance, and we must prepare the information to be accessed in different ways. Even though we can include traditional models (those remembered web applications) it won’t be long till the web is be remembered as we recall mainframes or large computers today. Nevertheless, while they remain working but abandoned in a computer center, we access information through modern devices, those that present us with information in another manner.

How so? Through the new King David, through the Apps, those who were born on the web, on the Internet and we use in our homes, but they are reaching organizations and of course, here to stay.

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