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Cloud Computing, the foundation of our future lives

Cloud Innovation.jpgLast week I had the opportunity to address IMCW 2013. I was given the opportunity to do a keynote titled “Cloud Computing beyond the obvious, an approach for innovation”. You probably ask yourself what I had to say. Let me take a moment to walk you through the essence of my talk.

 

I started by highlighting this new style of IT I alluded to in my last blog entry. Through the evolution of IT we’ve gone from mainframes to minis to client/server to the internet. In every situation the driving force was infrastructure, its capabilities, its connectivity. Progress was made through breakthrough in technologies. The minis were made possible through the arrival of integrated circuits, client/server through the creation of new local networking topologies, and the internet through the standardization of communication protocols.

 

The current change is different. It is no longer an issue of technology; it’s fundamentally a change in delivery model.

Users now want to access services. They no longer care where the infrastructure supporting the service is located, although recent news may have put some more emphasis on this specific point. But it doesn’t change anything to the current request of users. They want the right information, the right functionality where they are on the device they have in hand.

 

They actually got spoiled as consumers with millions of apps they have been downloading on their smartphones and tablets. Why can their IT department not give them the same?

 

The new style of IT allows business to address the requests of their users by focusing on the delivery of the services required rather than having to spend time and effort implementing infrastructure to run and integrate ever more complex applications.

 

The world does not change overnight though

You are right, for the forcible future, IT departments will have to juggle the old and the new style of IT. Traditional and legacy applications will not disappear overnight. As I discussed in my last blog post, the systems of records may not have a need to migrate. But the ever faster and more global collaboration requirements make cloud computing and the use of mobile devices an ideal platform. As most enterprise developments are in that area these days, the development teams have to embrace the new style of IT quicker than the operations people.

 

And this brings tension with it. There is not a similar sense of urgency between the developers needing to get new collaborative applications to market and the operations teams that want to operate their environment as they have always done it.

 

However, time is shrinking. Actions that used to take days and weeks are now performed in a matter of hours and minutes. How often have you been nervous due to the lack of response on your e-mail, your SMS or your whatsapp message after 10 to 15 minutes? Remember the old days of the postal services, where an answer took a week? It’s not that long ago.

 

Innovation on all fronts

To address the new requirements of users, to operate more efficiently, enterprises should innovate. There is nothing new in that. What is changing is that most innovations these days are supported by digital technologies. The world is turning digital very quickly. Being it the creation of new business models or processes, the development of new product/services combinations, the integration of eco-systems or the transformation of IT, they all take advantage of cloud and mobility. So, the question you have to ask yourself is how you can use technology in general and technology innovations in particular to create something new that will benefit your enterprise and yourself.

 

I could share many examples of such innovation approaches. Have you ever heard of Quirky.com. Listen to Ben Kaufman, it’s CEO & Founder describe the company on Bloomberg. What do they do? Combining crowdsourcing and engineering, they help inventors engineer, build and bring to market their inventions. They completely redesigned the product development process, allowing people with no experience in product development get their idea to market. And it’s all cloud and social media based.

 

Beyond people interactions, the “Internet of Things”

But moving forward, I believe there is more. Increasingly our world is surrounded by sensors measuring everything you can believe from temperature & humidity to human or infrastructure health. This creates petabytes of information every day. Combining that information with all the social data we, humans create, we are up for a completely new and connected world. This will allow us to get early warnings on potential problems, being it in our houses (e.g. home security), our enterprises (e.g. machine health), our eco-systems (e.g. social unrest or logistic issues) and our personal lives (e.g. health monitoring).

 

Early gadgets already exist. When I go for a run, I’m using a heart monitor for example. This allows me to better balance my training. After the exercise, I upload the information in the cloud, analyze it and compare it with previous runs. It is still done in a rather traditional manner, but that is just a matter of time.

 

Billions of sensors will provide raw data. But ultimately that may not be the data I can exploit. We will see the appearance of new roles, information providers, information transformers and information consumers. Together they will be the supply chain that transforms disparate data elements into a timely and well thought out decision. It will fundamentally change our experiences. Think about an advisor telling you in the morning how to dress, knowing from your calendar what you have as activities, and from sensors the temperature & humidity predictions of the day. And this is just one example I can come up with. The possibilities are just limited by the capabilities of our imagination.

 

Humongous amounts of data, new vocabulary required

I still remember when computers had kilobytes memory. Now we are up into the gigabytes, the terabytes and the petabytes. But this is just a start. We already hear talk about exabytes, but over the next years, we’ll become familiar with zettabyste, yottabytes, brontobytes etc. So, even if you can’t imagine how much data these represent, get used to the terms as we’ll manage to produce that kind of content easily within one year.

 

Conclusion

We’re really at the start of a very exciting future. The digital world is creeping in everything we’ll do. Cars start to be driven automatically, relevant information is provided to us, we know what happens around the world in near real-time.

Actually, will we still need a driver license by 2050? Probably not if you think about it. We can influence the way we are moving. Imagination is more important than knowledge, Albert Einstein used to say. And he is right. We should boost our curiosity and our creativity to take full advantage of this ever more integrated world.

 

 

If you happen to be interested in the presentation, you will find it in SlideShare.

 

The video of the presentation was just put online. You may wish to look at it.

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Comments
Rowan Gonzalez(anon) | ‎09-13-2013 12:18 PM

I think the basic thing is, do you want to have your own hardware? Or do you want to rent or pay for the use of hardware from others? Based on price and scale the second seems most interesting. The most important challenge in my view seems to be creating a sense of security, the fact that your data is stored and accessed from a distance creates a psychological feeling of unsafety, as asking someone you don't know to take good care of all your important papers based on the fact that they have a cheaper and bigger safe to store them in.

Fedric(anon) | ‎09-24-2013 07:15 AM

Cloud computing changes the dimensions of internet usage. Now data storage is not the problem the best thing i have seeb that access that anywhere in world. But its has some draw backs to like how to secure idenity because if anyone access your acoount then on few cliks he can get all you have. 

James Halk(anon) | ‎11-08-2013 06:06 AM

Cloud computing give us better experience to store data. From last few yaers it has been seen that number of brands realated to any field shiefting their services on cloud computing so they can better get the connectivity all over over the world.

Miller(anon) | ‎02-14-2014 10:18 AM

Cloud computing changes dimesnions of human thinikng . Now we can easily connect through the intersnet to all over the word. Even people can share their thoughts within few seconds through social media to all over the world. Now its not necceassry take your data physicaly by entering user name and password anyone can get that data at anywhere. 

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Christian is responsible for building services focused on advising clients in their move to cloud, particularly from a business process and ...
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