Cars on the Cloud: Microsoft and Toyota Join Hands in Cloud Computing Space “What fools indeed we morals are To lavish care upon a Car, With ne’er a bit of time to see About our own machinery!” – John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), American author, editor and satirist. Cars define America. For decades, Americans have lavished care on their four-wheeled friends, to some, family members even. Now, Toyota and Microsoft, the largest auto manufacturer and software manufacturer respectively, have joined hands to deliver the next big thing in in-car technology. If the allusion to “cars on the cloud” had given wings
What Effect Will the Epsilon Data Theft have on Cloud Computing? There’s no denying that security remains the prime concern that’s causing people to think twice before migrating to the cloud. While the benefits of cloud computing far outweigh the potential problems, even security, the fact remains that unless such concerns are eliminated, adoption of cloud computing will continue to be hampered (See: Is Cloud Computing Secure? Yes another Perspective). In this light, the recent data breach at consumer marketing firm Epsilon will definitely hold back the march of cloud computing across enterprises. If you are a customer of any
Can IEEE Help With Lack of Cloud Computing Standards? “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” – Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), British physicist and engineer. I had written earlier on the lack of codified standards in cloud computing to provide benchmarks for service. (See: Cloud Computing Standards: How Important Are They?). I had also discussed one of the major drawbacks for this lacunae – the vagueness in cloud computing contracts (See: The Small Print in Cloud Computing Contracts). Now, a possible solution may be in sight, now that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE has joined
CA Technologies Strengthens Cloud Computing Portfolio with Acquisition Several larger companies have been buying up niche firms to strengthen their presence in the cloud computing space. CA Technologies made a move in this direction with its acquisition of privately-held consulting firm Base Technologies. I had earlier written about possible consolidation in this sector, and recent trends suggest likewise (See: Is Consolidation Coming to Cloud Computing? ). With this acquisition, CA Technologies will also get access to the federal IT space, a region where Virginia-based Base Technologies already has a strong foothold. Its list of customers includes the US Department of
Which is the Safer Cloud – Public or Private? “Keep looking below surface appearances. Don’t shrink from doing so just because you might not like what you find.” – Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State and retired General. Which is the safer cloud – public or private? If this question is posed to the general public with at least some knowledge of cloud computing, chances are an overwhelming majority will vote for the second option. However, in the overwhelming majority of real-world examples, they will be wrong. In case you are surprised by this statement, allow me to explain.
Head in the Clouds, Feet Firmly on the Ground “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright, Nobel laureate. Often, at management seminars, speakers talk about “dreaming with your eyes open.” Leaving aside the fact that a literal interpretation can actually be harmful – imagine dreaming with your eyes open when driving – what they try to convey is to think of the possibilities while being grounded in reality. In other words, be careful. However, there’s something as being too careful. Smaller
Bringing Information Technology to the Forefront through Cloud Computing “Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.” – Milan Kundera, Czech novelist, playwright and poet. This is an age of marketing. From pins to planes, everything’s branded. Therefore, unless you can market your product or service, no one will buy – even if it’s the best one round. The same holds true for individual career growth. There may be several competent people around, but the employee who rises in the company hierarchy and gets the fat bonus is the one who catches the eye of the senior manager. Now