Driving the third wave of computing

“I feel like a kid in a candy store,” says Vivek Kundra. “The industry I’m in is going through massive transformation, and at the tip of this transformation is the third wave of computing.”

Kundra is the Executive Vice President for Industries at Salesforce.com, a role that sees him working with clients on opening new business fields for the company and Networked Globe recently interviewed in Melbourne, Australia.

A time of fundamental transformation

“Every industry that you look at is going through a fundamental transformation as the entire industry gets instrumented.”

“What”s important is not just fact all the data that’s being generated but how do you turn it into information and deep insights.”

The intelligent knee replacement

Kundra sees healthcare as being one of the forefronts of the current technological change, “in the healthcare industry it’s not just about patient engagement where we’ve seen a massive change, it’s also about devices.”

“If you get a knee replacement, is your knee IP enabled? Is the knee communicating and saying when it needs maintenance or fine tuning and how does that connection help the physician provide better care?”

Applying the Internet of Things to medical devices is an opportunity to improve public health outcomes in Kundra’s view and he cites the connected asthma inhaler as an example of how both a person’s health can be managed along with providing aggregated data for community health monitoring.

“When someone uses an inhaler you can geo-code that and figure out why in one part of the country there are more instances than another part.”

On the personal front, Kundra sees the mobile as being an empowering device, “it’s a dashboard on your life.”

“The internet of things allows you to connect your health and wealth in ways that weren’t possible in the past.”

Being swamped by the third wave

Kundra sees the current connected phase of technology of being the third wave of computing, the first two being the 1960s mainframe era and the 1990s personal computing world. For business, this era could be threatening.

“You have to decide whether you want to ride or be swallowed by this third wave of computing,” says Kundra. ” History is littered with examples of companies that have been destroyed.”

“Look at Kodak versus Apple, you had a company that was dominant player when it came to photography and now you have a single device that’s able to take high resolution pictures, share them on the global grid, post them on your social networks and collaborate in ways that other companies haven’t thought of.”

“When we look at the future, we see every single industry is going to be reinvented,” predicts Kundra.

“I think we live in one of the most exciting times in history.”

About the author

Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.