As people switch to mobile devices as their center of gravity, the ecosystem of tools need to support them and keep them productive changes. Apple iCloud provide a glimpse into what is coming.
According to Steve Jobs “it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices. iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it,it all just works.”
Apple with its iCloud solution offering is attacking the consumer multi-device digital content access, backup and replication problem. Surprised Google has not responded with an equivalent offering whereas Microsoft came out with SkyDrive.
So, what’s the big deal? Apple is addressing a widely faced content retrieval problem: How to free up data trapped in “device and application jails” in a user-friendly way. The “scan and match” concept is quite applicable to large scale device specific repositories which suffer from data integrity issues as edge data capture and consumption devices proliferate.
What can enterprises learn from iCloud? Seamless data ingestion, governance and management is a huge problem facing large organizations. Getting data out of and sync’ing data across laptops, desktops and multiple mobile devices of employees is a big challenge. Apple shows the next generation way of addressing the personal cloud management problem. Read more
This policy is intended to accelerate the pace at which the government will realize the value of multi-tenant, subscription-based cloud computing by requiring agencies to evaluate safe, secure cloud computing options before making any new investments. The goal is shut down 1200 data centers by 2015. The U.S government has 3200 data centers > than 500 sq ft.
The Dept of Defense (DoD) modernization cuts are going to accelerate the move to the cloud services. DoD, Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Intelligence Services are extremely large buyers of computing. If they start moving services to the cloud, I believe the cloud trend is going to accelerate creating a talent shortage in the government contractors.
The increasing adoption of cloud computing and penetration of mobile devices are the two inter-related trends transforming the IT industry today. Government is no exception and in some areas leading the charge.
We are clearly in the middle of a once-in-a-decade transformation. In the consumer and retail world, the movement to Web based cloud services, is being accelerated by the move to build social apps, mobile apps, location aware, real-time applications. It’s increasingly obvious that old applications and technologies need to adapted — Four different delivery models are emerging differentiated by service level agreements (SLAs).
But, how do you explain “cloud services” to someone new to this space especially in Government? There are multiple ways of describing cloud services.
In this page I highlight some useful taxonomies from various sources that I found useful in explaining Cloud Computing and Cloud Services. Depending on who you are talking to pick the relevant one.
- Describing the Cloud to an Enterprise Audience
- Describing the Cloud to a Technical Audience
- Describing the Cloud as Outsourcing 3.0
- Describing the Innovation Roadmap unleashed by the Cloud
- NIST Cloud Taxonomy Read more
Cloud-based service delivery methods are accelerating. Simply look at the growing enterprise adoption of Salesforce SFA/CRM, Workday HR, Netsuite ERP, Oracle on Demand, Force.com for apps and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for e-commerce.
However the growing adoption creates one of the biggest challenges facing CIOs today – how do you implement new SaaS delivery models while still integrating with the the mission-critical apps you’ve invested in for years?
If SaaS integration is not planned properly, it creates a “cloud in the corner” syndrome – a condition where new cloud-based SaaS solutions are disconnected from existing IT resources. The result: fragmented enterprise data scattered across the cloud.