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.
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.
- Government CIOs predict cloud computing will soon be ubiquitous and be seen simply as computing. I hope this day comes soon, because I am totally running out of cloud puns.
- Big data? Ah humanity! Blogger Jim Harris offers a reminder that in addition to The Internet of Things there is much knowledge to be gleaned from us, or what he dubs "The Internet of Humans."
- Speaking of humans and big data, can big data help human resources departments assemble dream teams in the workplace? It's the latest in the line of next big things for big data.
- Get ready for The New Digital Age, in which the technology is amazing and the privacy -- eh, not so much.
- Why -- and how -- certain stumbling tech giants should reach for the cloud to regain stability.
- Last week's tragic events in Boston showed social media to be a powerful, if imperfect, tool for sharing information and lending a hand in a time of crisis. Now the city of San Francisco is building a social network for emergencies that it hopes will pull all the good information and good intentions together.
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Karen Goulart, Senior Features Writer asks:
When will cloud computing and computing be one in the same?
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