The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Corporate storage in the cloud is coming

Despite a few of my esteemed friends worrying about the security and availability of cloud-storage I can see the writing on the wall for those views, especially as Microsoft unveils it's SkyDrive (Storage in the cloud SkyDrive is out of beta and available in 38 countries - Mauricio).

And with Microsoft not only signing up to the DataPortability Group but being an active member (Microsoft Makes Public Commitments to Data Portability and Interoperability - ReadWriteWeb) the world of the IT Department is being changed into a consumer one by the very vendors that IT Departments are looking to "save" them.

The fear from IT Departments is many fold:
  • loss of control ("when it's our environment we are the gatekeepers")
  • handing over of IP to ...who? (a business decision, not ITs)
  • inability to hold vendors to SLA
  • inability to track resources for the future
  • inability to provide augmented services
  • ...
I don't discount these fears, they are as real as a fear of spiders.
What I think needs much more communication and validation is the underlying business risks with using the "cloud as storage" ... that is a joint IT/business decision and one that needs to occur in a room of honesty and openness.

Knee jerk reactions benefit no-one.
  • a brave new world


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