I enjoy perusing the EDS Next Big Thing Blog. It is written by the brains at EDS who are paid to look in to the future. Two recent posts - one on trends in storage and compute capacity and their rapidly declining cost and another operational automation - caught my attention.
And raised the logical question: What is the company which just about invented outsourcing (at least infrastructure outsourcing) doing about both trends?
I would love to hear, on the first, what EDS is doing, for example, to get to price points amazon's elastic cloud can deliver - 15c a gigabyte a month on its S3 service. If any one can deliver utility computing pricing EDS can. It has the scale which puts it on top of most of the stats (petabytes supported, help desk calls handled etc) I quoted in this note.
Second, what is it doing about operational automation? If anything, it seems to be investing more in offshore labor. Last year, EDS invested in the Indian services firm MphasiS.
In November 2005, I wrote a blog hoping EDS would share more about how it is transforming itself. I keep waiting for it. EDS's own next big thing.