Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Government as a Platform

I saw a tweet fly by from Tim O'Reilly with the above label. When googling the matter, I came across a presentation Tim gave this summer exploring the new universe of APIs that enable access to governmental data. Combining this data with operational pieces in a typical CRM or ERP database would constitute a powerful means for ERP optimization.

Here is the presentation:

One of the tidbits of info that jumped out for me was that 45% of all map mashups are based on Google maps, but only 4% on Microsoft virtual world. That is the power of first mover advantage. Given the push towards light-weight federated systems, the economic lock-in of the big four, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP is finally broken. Agility is king again. For example, look at this of