Sunday, December 19, 2010

Season's Greetings from Memia to all our customers, partners and friends












Well it's the end of 2010 already!

It's been a busy year at Memia: Our software consulting practice has worked with growing number of New Zealand software businesses providing architecture, technology strategy, software development management and board advisory services. Meanwhile our Google Apps and SaaS implementation practice continues to provide a one-stop shop for SaaS implementation and customisation services for diverse businesses throughout the region. Sincere thanks to all of our customers for your business during 2010 - we look forward to continuing to work with you during 2011 and beyond!

2010 has seen continued major changes in the information technology landscape: key themes of this year have included:

  • The continued growth and acceptance of the cloud computing IT model
  • The increasing capabilities and sophistication of cloud IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions available to businesses of all sizes
  • The amazing uptake and fragmentation of smartphone operating systems amongst many different vendors and toolsets: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, RIM (Blackberry) and Symbian are the leaders - with HP's Palm WebOS and Nokia/Intel Meego planned to hit the big time next year
  • In particular, Google's Android smartphone operating system going from nowhere to over 300,000 device registrations per day! Who saw that coming?
  • The emergence of new business models based around social media, and the major growth of sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

The next year is looking like producing even more change, and at Memia this thinking has really permeated how we look at technolology strategy. We have come to feel at ease with exponential technological change, and in 2011 we will be re-focussing our work with our customers to develop robust strategies which take account of the dynamic and ever-faster-changing technology landscape. (See my recent blog post for more details).

It's also been an eventful year in terms of natural disasters as well: in April, I became stranded in the UK due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, and ended up being (I think!) the first Kiwi to make it back home after flying the long way back via Vancouver (and directly over Iceland). Then at the beginning of September we, along with the rest of Canterbury, were amazingly fortunate to come through the 7.1 Earthquake unscathed. As I said in my email around the time, Christchurch can be very optimistic about the future - but let's hope for a quieter time next year.


So.... as it's this time of year, I thought I would share with you some of the books and other media that I have enjoyed this year - both at work and personally. All of these are recommended gift ideas - either for yourself or a friend! Click here to see the list on Amazon.

I also invite you to download our 2010 Christmas Card PDF (previewed above) and print out if you are so inclined - this way saves on postage stamps, carbon emissions, ink and trees! (And no, we haven't yet reached the stage where we just Tweet "Happy Xmas Everyone!" and be done with it, but it's not far off...)

Memia's offices will be closing down over the holiday period from next Friday 24th Dec, returning to work on Wednesday 5th January 2011. During this period we will be running a skeleton support operation via the usual email and mobile contacts.

Best wishes for Christmas holidays, Happy New Year and we look forward to catching up in 2011!

Best regards

Ben, Rob and the Memia team

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