In his article Scott provides very positive feedback on the data storage options with www.azure.com. While Scott is careful to provide balance in picking out a number of specific strengths of the other reviewed solutions – Amazon and Google – he certainly makes a strong case of azure. Would depend on what's more important in your own implementation.
As a consulting & implementation partner we’ve been thinking through the impact of the cloud – how consulting services will be perceived in the cloud environment. If you sign up to a utility type model then where are the traditional consulting services factored in? I think there are a number of possibilities. Potentially there will be more pressure on clients to accept more ‘out of the box’ functionality – with less consulting services. Potentially, because the client is no longer looking at a large outlay on hardware and software licensing upfront, some projects may get started more easily. Potentially there will be far greater opportunities to deliver truly web enabled business solutions, rather than solutions which are limited to the internal organisation itself.
The cloud – or business applications hosted and managed in the cloud – raises all sorts of questions for traditional IT organisations. Seems to me there is already a move towards decentralisation – in the area of collaboration solutions. Employees want to use social networking type solutions – and have interchange between corporate and non corporate type networks. Would seem all businesses will need IT professionals with the skills and knowledge to know what is possible – to advise/ support the business in entering into different contractual arrangements. However the traditional control model may no longer apply.
Seems incoming President Obama is considering appointment of a CTO for the US. Not that surprising when you remember how effectively the Obama campaign used technology in the case to the White House. But perhaps we could benefit from following this idea in Ireland – as we look to up our ranking in the R&D world. Undoubtedly we have made real progress in areas such as ROS. However there continune to be opportunities to streamline how the citizen and businesses interact with government.
Interesting commentary in Irish Times today (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2008/1121/1227137519515.html) re Web 2.0. Without doubt web 2.0 is one of the areas companies will look to 'make IT pay'. There are real opportunities for payback on previous investments in IT through exploiting relatively cheap investments in web 2.0. An excellent example is the number of companies who already have copies of WSS 3.0 (Windows SharePoint Services) but are not using it. This is the foundation for SharePoint and includes lots of functionality which can be deployed across organisations to support collaboration, teamwork, document management, knowledge management.
Everything we see internationally suggests that Irish business should be looking to drive the adoption of enterprise 2.0 and web 2.0.
Could not agree more with this comment why all this talk about cloud services . I think this was all well underway when we experienced the 'dotbomb' failure in 2000/2001. Current economic issues have nothing to do with IT. This time the tools are better, adoption is greater, the MS/google/ amazon race is driving the suppliers, bandwidth is cheaper. The latest releases from MS e.g. www.azure.com are pushing things forward.
The announcements around azure (www.azure.com) certainly seem to place MS firmly in the cloud – or should I say with a firm presence both on the ground and in the cloud(s). Not before time. The challenge from the likes of google apps continues to gather momentum. And the economic slow down certainly asks of IT are there less expenseive options? Recent BusinessWeek posting makes for interesting reading – in terms of serious business adopting linux and google apps type approaches. However need to be clear on which version of linux, what's actually free and whether comparing like with like. But it's no longer a debate.
Dion reflects on the impact of 4 year's of web 2.0. He focuses on the move from 'push' to 'pull' systems. But much of the question is our readiness/ willingness to embrace and exploit the opportunity.
Who creates the value? (The network)
How much control do we have over our businesses?
How intellectual property works (creative commons…)?
Increases in transparency e..g in supply chain
Product development – we get that our customers tell us …but how do we listen to '000's of customers?
Operations – cloud computing
Interesting to think about the value proposition that is the data companies now. Would point business towards the unclaimed classes of data.