Stacey Higginbotham from GigaOM had a post titled “Why Computing’s Future is Gaphic“. I think it makes a good case for RIA technologies too.
As Higginbotham put it, “That emphasis on graphics is what’s leading to a rise in the number of GPUs shipped — they achieved a 17.8 percent growth rate for the third quarter of 2008, the highest quarter-over-quarter growth rate seen in the last six years, according to Jon Peddie Research.” And of cause we all know the coming Flash 10 player taps into GPU to improve graphic rendering big time. Thus, the growth recognized here becomes a strong push to Flex/Flash based RIA development and deployment.
The post ended with, “This shift is partly a reponse to consumer GPUs cornering its market for high-end graphics — mimicking the functionality of its high-end systems with off-the-shelf PCs. In the computing market, yesterday’s wants become today’s necessities; graphics are in the middle of that transition.” Then I might be safely say that RIA is in the middle of a great transition as well.