Monday, January 19, 2009

The Biz Schools Chronicles :: Not to boast.. but..

Here's the story. We started yet another subject today. The last one for this semester but in no way the least, Human Resource Management. Our teacher (he refuses to be called 'lecturer') is Mr Bennot Pattornet a Sri Lankan with an MBA from the Columbia University, New York with over 35 years of experience working in 6 countries. Half way into the lecture he asked whether we read publications such as the Harvard Business Review. None of us did except one. Then he asks, and I quote "What are you people doing on your free time?" and went on with his by now frequent, "Pardon me for saying but.. You buggers are useless!". Needless to say it was a fun filled lecture, which I enjoyed immensely and will look forward to in the coming weeks.

So I drove home in the evening, showered, had my dinner and visited the Harvard Business Review site. Lots of content there and a must see for any business student (then again.. it's Harvard). But I digress. While browsing, I saw a link titled How the Hype Cycle Works. As regular readers might remember, I posted about this last week along with some of my predictions. I primarily focused on Mashups, which I have been working on during the past year or so. To me a Mashup Platform is something that bundles Social Computing technologies such as Tagging, Folksonomies and of late, Google Gadgets & OpenSocial as well as allowing users to compose content form different sources (have a look). I also focused on Cloud Computing, which we are looking at these days and obviously SOA.

Guess what? here's a screenshot form Harvard's hype cycle followed by my humble one.

^Says Harvard

^Says me. Some guy from the third world ;)

Not bad ha? Look at Mashups and Cloud Computing. In the Harvard one, they have broadly put Social Computing Platforms instead of Mashups. Note how their one is for 2008, while mine is for 2009 and the relative shift forward of these two technologies in mine. Harvard and I seem to disagree on SOA, timeline wise, but we both see them as passing the Trough of Disillusionment, so that's something. Unfortunately SaaS seems to be out of Harvard's radar at the moment.

According to the Harvard Business Review article, this was adopted from a book published by the Harvard Business School Press. Mine was done with my experience with the Hype Cycle as a Software Engineer and whatever Business Accumen I have or learned from my teachers. As I said earlier, I have never visited this site before nor seen that article anywhere else.