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The World Is Flat. The First Five Flatteners By B. Mark Francis. Flattener 1 11/9/89. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the proliferation of MS Windows as an Operating System This fall represent a blow to communism as a form of government

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the world is flat

The World Is Flat

The First Five Flatteners

By B. Mark Francis

flattener 1 11 9 89
Flattener 1 11/9/89
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall and the proliferation of MS Windows as an Operating System
    • This fall represent a blow to communism as a form of government
    • It caused solidarity of the democratic nation against communisms
    • Q. What about China or North Korea? How long do you think that they will last?
flattener 1 cont
Flattener #1 cont.
  • The Windows OS
    • Windows became the dominant OS of the era
    • Communication increased “the age of me and my machine…”
flattener 2
Flattener #2
  • Netscape went public
    • This was the first of many internet booms, a web browser that challenged Microsoft
    • The silicon bubble
    • Q. how many web browsers can you name?
    • Do you think the world is too dependent upon wireless?
flattener 2 cont
Flattener # 2 cont.
  • Although the bubble went… has the proliferation of technology slowed?
  • What are some recent flatteners?
flattener 3
Flattener #3
  • Work flow software
    • Office and work suites that fostered collaboration within and without a company
    • Commonality of standards (Xtml, TCP/IP)
    • MS Word became the industry standard
flattener 4
Flattener #4
  • Open Source
    • Apache web server
    • Linux
    • Open Office
    • Star Office
    • Java
    • Blogs
flattener 5
Flattener #5
  • Outsourcing Y2K
    • This led to the outsourcing phenomenon we see today
    • Greed led to greed
    • Is there anyone to blame?
questions
Questions
  • Are there any?
  • How about these?
    • Is the world really flat?
    • Who are the major players
    • What is the next technological flattener?
    • When was the last time you wrote a paper letter?
thanks for your time
Thanks for your time
  • It has been a treat :-)