When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed
he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited.
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market
implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds
rarely seen with any major technological evolution.
As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you?
What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know
what you don't know about cloud computing?
First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity. In the cloud, most of
the technology you had to deal with in the past now remains behind the
scenes. What used to be command lines and code is, in many cases, replaced
with a lot of pointing and clicking.
Second, cloud computing is about flexibility. With cloud-based solutions, you
can add ... (more)
Too often, discussions about "cloud computing" are met with skepticism and
inside jokes that it is more about marketing than it is about delivering real
value. In his excellent analysis of why Cloud Computing is disruptive, Ric
Telford over at IBM disagree's. He talks about a number of key factors that
create a disruptive technology, which he defines as the ability to rapidly
displace existing technologies. He mentions things like ease of use,
empowerment and efficiency. He alludes to dramatic productivity gains and
cost reductions, and he uses real examples.
I am particular... (more)
Thank you Mike Vizard for your discussion of why cloud computing will drive
more custom application development.
This is the point that seems to keep getting skipped in the many theoretical
considerations of whether “the cloud” is hype or revolution. People are
talking a lot about data center consolidation and reduction of IT
expenditures, or shifts from capital expenditures to operating expenditures,
and frequently in a tone that questions whether this even represents a
material improvement. But in so doing, they are missing the real value gains;
the cloud is about a radical an... (more)
Whenever the issue of cloud computing is brought up in business circles, I
get a range of responses.
There are the eyes-wide-with-wonder folks, the people who truly enjoy and
embrace new technology and for whom the cloud is the next great mystery they
are waiting to see revealed.
Then, there are the middle-of-the-roaders, the people who see cloud computing
as an extension of the Web and software-as-a-service, and are willing to take
the marketing buzzwords in stride to realize new benefits.
Finally, there are the scrooges. These are the people for whom cloud
computing is nothing... (more)
Historically, when we take something complex and make it simple, we open up
all sorts of opportunities for value. Think about the changes that happened
once the Web made it simpler to buy goods and services. Consider how mobile
phones and text messaging have empowered us to communicate faster and more
frequently. And consider what the word processor, e-mail and spreadsheets
have done for individual productivity.
Cloud computing is a lot like each of these three revolutions in that it
greatly reduces the complexity of otherwise technically challenging issues.
In so doing, it empo... (more)