What a story!
On Sunday, April 14th, Tiger Woods won his fifth green jacket at the Augusta National Masters at the age of 43. Even if you’re not a golf fan, you can’t fail to have been impressed. It has been an astonishing comeback and this was his first major win in 11 years.
Tiger won his first Masters title back in 1997. A lot has happened in those 22 years and the world has changed in profound ways.
Back then, the Internet and the World Wide Web were still in their infancy. They were cut loose commercially in 1995, but hadn’t fully taken off yet. Amazon and eBay really got going in 1997, the year Tiger won that first green jacket. Google arrived a year later in 1998. Then things started to accelerate quickly with Facebook, PayPal, Netflix, LinkedIn, YouTube, Wikipedia, Instagram and others leveraging the new Internet-enabled technologies that rapidly became available.
And now, here we are in 2019.
We’re living in an interconnected world where 56% of the global population can now benefit from internet access. Last year, every minute there were 159 million emails sent, 4.3 million YouTube views, 3.8 million Google searches and 473 thousand tweets posted. By 2020, it’s estimated that for every person on earth, 1.7MB of data will be created every second.
That’s a huge amount of data, but it’s no exaggeration. We’re moving beyond the “information age” into what some are now describing as the “multi-experience” era. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are making genuine immersive experiences possible. 5G, cloud, edge computing and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are making smart homes, smart campuses, smart cities and autonomous vehicles a reality. As the world becomes even more digitally connected, businesses, governments, scientists, engineers, architects and designers are using these technologies to drive a Fourth Industrial Revolution.
These things are no longer science fiction. Our global structure is quickly transforming towards a single IT organism.
I agree with these sentiments that I read recently:
“The open source movement is in some ways the spiritual core of the Internet, encompassing much of the hardware, software, and protocols that make up the global communications infrastructure — as well as championing openness, transparency, and the power of collaborative development.”
That’s what SUSE is all about. We pride ourselves on being a truly open, open source company. We are at the forefront of delivering open source software and solutions that are increasingly essential in this new interconnected world.
What do the next 22 years have in store? Who knows for sure, but I’m sure there will be even more data, more connected devices and more ways that open source is making an impact. Maybe even a few more wins for Tiger Woods.
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