The end of enterprise cloud computing is near... sort of

In this week's Searchlight: Why CIOs ought to forget about enterprise cloud computing, the new next thing in big data, the new digital age and more.

Hey private-sector CIOs, listen up! Your public-sector counterparts are estimating that within three years, enterprise cloud computing will simply be known as computing. In other words, cloud computing will so permeate the landscape that it will completely blend in.

Karen GoulartKaren Goulart

It's not an earth-shattering statement, but coming from federal CIOs, it's attention-grabbing. (Hey, it got mine.) Let's face it, government entities (ARPA/DARPA excluded) aren't always known for being on the leading edge of technology. Bureaucracy and myriad privacy concerns make it a little tougher to embrace the new. If these CIOs see a full-scale embrace of enterprise cloud computing by 2016, that's saying something.

That's why private-sector CIOs should take note of this week's lead Searchlight item, a short take from the recent Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Federal Executive Forum in Washington, D.C. If latecomers are ready to go all-in in a matter of a few short years, what must your private side, cutting-edge competitors be doing? Probably not wondering for the umpteenth time whether Platform as a Service is really right for them.

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Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board CIO Shawn Kingsbury, he who made the three-year cloud computing ubiquity prediction, said it's not going be a question of whether to use cloud; it's going to be expected. And this is a man who knows of what he speaks. In May of 2010, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board was the first federal agency to move a major system to the public cloud. Cloud computing isn't an issue for Kingsbury; his focus now is on connecting disperse data sets and converting them into more intelligent information "in order to better serve customers in innovate ways."

Also in this week's Searchlight, you'll find more on cloud with a piece on why some tech giants need to rethink their place in that space, a blogger seeking to maintain humanity in a world of "things," more potential perils of the new digital age, a social network for emergencies and more.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Karen Goulart, features writer.

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