Foundations underlying the Four Pillars: Setting the scene

If you haven’t done so already, you must read The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov.

I’d like to pay Mr Asimov some form of homage and see whether I can construct the Four Pillar Foundations using the same book headings: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. This is neither meant to be pompous (in no way do I see my posts competing with Asimov’s elegant prose) nor contrived (I genuinely saw a three-layer foundation and particularly liked the chance to use the word “empire” in its new context). Thank you Isaac Asimov for making me dream many years ago.

In Foundation, I want to cover the implications of Moore, Metcalfe, and Gilder (note the use of the Oxford comma there, purists!) and set the scene with virtualisation, service orientation and commoditisation.

In Foundation and Empire I want to show what has happened to erstwhile participants in the market (even if they haven’t figured it out yet) and the move towards platform independence, device agnosticism and telephony-becoming-software.

In Second Foundation I want to bring in democratised innovation, consumerisation and market-driven “conversational” standards.

The Four Pillars of Syndication, Search, Fulfilment and Collaboration/Conversation stand four square on these foundations.

More to follow this week.

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