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Asana > een voorbeeld van een nieuwe generatie software

bekijk ook de demo ; http://www.techcrunch.tv/watch?id=owMDAxMjo99P8utZ8GH4DvEVBZc8XyoZ#ooid=owMDAxMjo99P8utZ8GH4DvEVBZc8XyoZ

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Finally: Facebook Co-Founder Opens the Curtain on Two-Year Old Asana

But here’s the thing: Asana deserves it. As it turns out neither of the suppositions for Moskovitz’s decision to leave were right. Moskovitz and Rosenstein just had a really big idea: To fix how people collaborate on projects and work in teams. Something that has so far been unfixable despite billions spent on developing an implementing collaboration and communication software. Something that may be so rooted in the idiosyncrasies of human behavior that it may not be fixable.

But Asana’s opening salvo is pretty impressive. There’s a full demo of the software in the video below, from Asana’s recent friends-and-family open house, so I won’t belabor the features here. (Screen shot is below.) Hear the pitch from the founders yourself. The company is still in private-beta, and it has a 1,200-company waiting list to get an invite. It’ll be opening up more over the course of this year. Asana has raised just over $10 million from several angels, Benchmark Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.

And like Facebook’s early obsession with being a “utility,” Asana wants people to live in this app throughout their work day. Like Facebook did away with the clutter and needless page view clicks of the MySpace world, so too is Asana obsessed with speed. They know that if the software is the least bit cumbersome to use, employees won’t use it. Like Facebook, Asana sees its eventual customer base as, well, everyone. They hope people won’t just use Asana for work, but for things like wedding planning. The two wanted to build this product because managing teams at Facebook was such a chore. In a sense, Moskovitz says he’s still working for Facebook, because he’s still trying to solve the problem he was trying to solve there. It just so happens, he’s also trying to solve that problem for every company in the world.

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Educatie is een gigantische industrie welke aspecten bevat waarop ICT traditioneel gezien weinig invloed had, maar dat gaat veranderen wanneer de volgende generatie software zijn intrede zal doen.

Al meer dan 25 jaar volg ik, en ben ik betrokken bij de ontwikkelingen in ICT. Met die kennis probeer ik een beeld te vormen hoe onze toekomst er uit zou kunnen zien. Nu ik een paar jaar werkzaam ben in het onderwijs probeer ik hierin ook hetzelfde te doen.

Daarbij constateer ik regelmatig dat ICT en de toepassingen zoals wij die nu kennen vaak niet volledig begrepen en ingezet worden. Dat is misschien ook wel logisch want vrijwel alle aspecten van ICT zijn eigenlijk nog niet volwassen, en onderhevig aan grote veranderingen. De vele verschillende versies van pakketten en vaak grote verschillen in mogelijkheden illustreren dit.

Het moment nadert waarop ICT een sprong zal maken die vergelijkbaar is met de overgang van puberteit naar adolescentie. Op alle gebieden zullen nieuwe technieken ontwikkeld worden die het gebruik ervan ontzettend veel rijker, eenvoudiger, intuitiever en toegankelijker maken.

Deze technieken zulllen worden ontwikkeld door enthousiaste jonge ondernemers met innovatieve idee├źn, die kansen zullen zien en gebruiken, op manieren die de traditionele aanbieders en consumenten niet voor mogelijk hielden.

Het effect daarvan zal zijn dat we ICT meer zullen accepteren, apprecieren en integreren. De rol van ICT zal alleen maar groter worden en mogelijk zelfs aspecten uit de rol van docent op zich nemen.

Onderstaand bericht uit de Wall Street Journal is een van de vele aanwijzigingen hiervoor.

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Health care and education, in my view, are next up for fundamental software-based transformation. My venture capital firm is backing aggressive start-ups in both of these gigantic and critical industries. We believe both of these industries, which historically have been highly resistant to entrepreneurial change, are primed for tipping by great new software-centric entrepreneurs.

Why Software Is Eating The World

This week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth. Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility. Both moves surprised the tech world. But both moves are also in line with a trend I’ve observed, one that makes me optimistic about the future growth of the American and world economies, despite the recent turmoil in the stock market.

In short, software is eating the world.

But too much of the debate is still around financial valuation, as opposed to the underlying intrinsic value of the best of Silicon Valley’s new companies. My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.

More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.

Companies in every industry need to assume that a software revolution is coming. This includes even industries that are software-based today. Great incumbent software companies like Oracle and Microsoft are increasingly threatened with irrelevance by new software offerings like Salesforce.com and Android (especially in a world where Google owns a major handset maker).

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