Phil Murphy

Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
Jupiter, FL, United States

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Writer, researcher, public speaker, consultant, IT Industry Analyst with nearly 30 years of experience in software development and research - helping firms around the globe make better use of technology for business benefit. Starting in 1982 my employers included the State of Massachusetts, Boston University (1983), Cullinet Software (1985), Arbella Mutual Insurance (1989), the National Council on Compensation Insurance (1992), Giga Information Group (1997) and Forrester research (present).

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English

Areas of Expertise

Applications Software Development, Applications in the Year 2020

An idea worth spreading

You can't control the future of the world but as an individual you can influence your path toward the future. The power inherent in a large group with a common purpose really can empower you to change the world.

I'm passionate about

I'm curerntly working on a vision of the business world in 2020, and what that means to software development. I also help firms assess their current IT capabilities and design for future change.

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What does the business worl look like in 2020 and beyond? How will new and existing technologies disrupt status quo? Who are the big winners and losers?

People don't know I'm good at

Building home theater furniture, riding motorcycles, home repair, beach-bumming, self-induced wasabi-torture

My TED story

I'm hoping to network with forward-thinking colleagues on the future of business, and how technology will be reshaped by that change and shape some of that change.

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Phil Murphy
Posted over 2 years ago
In the year 2020, how will business (therefore information technology) be fundamentally different from today?
MO, Just trying to generate some conversation around what business / IT look like in about 8 years, for example - some have speculated that the classic supply chain model where a company buys raw materials, manufactures a product, warehouses it, distributes it to retailers - with each cog in the wheel tacking on an increase will fade away. The manufacturer becomes more of a broker that will sense / demand as it happens, place orders with dozens of newer, more agile firms that were set up to build-on-demand - distribution to the customer is immediate, and the whole supply chain gets paid when the customer receives goods. Whether that happens or not, the ramificaitons on IT and business are profound.
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Phil Murphy
Posted over 2 years ago
In the year 2020, how will business (therefore information technology) be fundamentally different from today?
Walter - I respectfully submit - not wrong way around. As business goes, so shall technology, but maybe we're simply in violent agreement, coming from different ends to a middle. You can argue that technology enabled eBusiness in late 1990s, but it also disrupted business, blew away barriers to entry and saw power slip away from the nrom (corporate IT) to the business (marketing). Social media is having a similar disruptive force, but the power accrues to individuals, not the corporations. I think in 2020 that apps begin on smart-devices-of-the-future that haven't been invented yet, but the results of those apps will be developed in the cloud and follow me (find me) wherever I am when they're ready. I expect HUGE socio-political upheaval - perhaps not unlike what you suggest above. I expect other industries to fall prey to low-barriers-to-entry and massive affordable computing power via cloud providers - AFTER we fix little things like security, authentication, multi-tennancy, etc.
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Phil Murphy
Posted over 2 years ago
The US is in need of a legitimate and enduring third political party to combat the inertia and polemics of our current two-party system.
Hopefully the third party will get in power and start from scratch with a zero-based budget - everything must be justified to be funded. Education, police and fire (security) and a strong national defense come first everything else should be revisited - especially the money we spend propping up governments around the world. The world needs a police force, but it should not be us/US. We have a role in it as should all other nations, but we are not it.