My Top 12 Predictions for 2015 and Few Shockingly Bad Predictions

 Last week I published on Twitter some of my enterprise datacenter predictions for 2015. While predictions are easy to be made up because they do not hold anyone accountable, I personally believe my top 12 will hold true for 2015. Here they are:



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“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.


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“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” — Western Union internal memo, 1876


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“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” — David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.


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“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” — Albert Einstein, 1932.


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“There will never be a bigger plane built.” — A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.


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“While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.” — Lee DeForest, inventor.


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“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.


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“Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.” — Popular Mechanics, 1949


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“Everyone’s always asking me when Apple will come out with a cell phone. My answer is, ‘Probably never.'”—David Pogue, The New York Times, 2006


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World Economic Forum, 2004: “Two years from now, spam will be solved.”—Bill Gates


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“Apple [is] a chaotic mess without a strategic vision and certainly no future.”—TIME, February 5, 1996


Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 3.54.32 PM“Remote shopping, while interlay feasible, will flop.”—Time magazine, 1968.


This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at

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