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Apple: The Great Leadeship - 'The change from within'

Today there is an excellent post by Geoffrey Helt at Minnyvale on how Steve transformed Apple. I have summarized it below - The fundamental challenge facing the leadership team at Apple is not about strategy but rather capacity. The question that stands in the way of its heroic future is: How do we redesign the organization of our business to deliver on the following interconnected fronts? Doubling the number of Apple stores to facilitate broader adoption.

Apple's Secret Weapon

First, they start with a product (not in their core competency) – iPod. Connected it to their core product iMac and built a service around it iTunes (which btw also worked on Windows, covering 99% of desktops). Then they added another complement AppleTV and now iPhone & Safari. Slowly they have circled the Consumer Home, PC ecosystem, and Cellphone and established what Geoffery Moore would call a 'New Platform boundary.'

Sample Some of Disc, Sample Some Of D.A.T.*

Recently read about the famous “Sampling Case” that involved George Clinton. Yes, the same George Clinton who ruled the 1970-1982 urban dance floors, mixing blues with earth-shaking bottom, cosmic consciousness, and some of the best guitar leads in dance music. He is also credited with giving birth to funk. It is exciting to see the parallels between the evolution of the music industry and virtualization-driven digitization to the computer industry.

Digitization of Desktop

Virtualization driven desktop consolidations are very much in the news now. VMware with VDI got it started, but others are rallying and catching on to the bandwagon very quickly. Though late to the party,Citrix, Microsoft and others are not sitting idle and are quickly catching up. Recent news on the licensing changes from Microsoft to support Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktops (VECD) looks like the tipping point for the adoption of desktop virtualization by the mainstream.

How IBM leverages Open Source

Dana Blankenhorn recently blogged about IBMs reaction to Sun’s Java plan and their approach to the open source ecosystem. I think Dana summarizes it very well. IBM believes Open Source is a great technology floor on which others and even IBM builds. But as Dana points out, it is naive to treat IBM as a Solutions and Services company with the rest of the software industry players, primarily software vendors like Oracle, SAP, RedHat, and Microsoft.