Tune into: Ecosystem Platforms
During 2016 cloud computing celebrated its tenth anniversary. Therefore, at
the beginning of 2017, we’ll briefly look at what the next decade may
bring. Also this brings to a close the version of Tune into the Cloud that
was published monthly in the Dutch print publication Cloudworks, the magazine
where we started this series.
On your tenth birthday, as fresh teenager, you’re normally not yet an
adolescent – a.k.a, a beginning adult – and you may not be seated at the
adult table yet. But there are exceptions. Sometimes things just move faster.
Just look at a Max Verstappen, our Dutch Formula 1 phenomenon who – by
literally going faster – now starts standard from the front of the grid.
And also the cloud has maneuvered itself in pole position for the 2017 race,
with more and more “fans” who go for a ‘cloud first’, an ‘all-in
cloud or ... (more)
Tune into: Hype Hopping
About a year ago we tuned into “the need for speed” and how a concept
like "serverless computing” was increasingly catering to this. We are now a
year further and the term “serverless” is taking on unexpected
proportions. With some even seeing it as the successor to cloud in general or
at least as a successor to the clouds’ poorer cousin in terms of revenue,
hype and adoption: PaaS.
The question we need to ask is whether this constitutes an example of Hype
Hopping: to effortlessly pivot to the next new thing once the previous one
turns out to be just a b... (more)
Tune into: Decentralization
More than with previous technological (r)evolutions a side effect of cloud
computing seems to be an increase in the degree of centralization and
concentration, not just within company organizations, but particularly in the
wider commercial market. This is the most obvious with Software as a Service,
where providers such as Airbnb, Uber, but also earlier cloud services such
as LinkedIn and Google Search quickly established a ‘winner takes all’
distribution of market share and thus market power. And also in
Infrastructure as a Service, we see an quickly... (more)
It’s the time of year to look at what was and contemplate on what will be.
In Gartner the latter process has been formalized through the series of
predict documents we publish towards the end of the year. Since a few years
we precede these individual documents with a top predictions note that this
year was titled “Plan for a Disruptive, but Constructive future” (press
release). An important theme of this year’s predict was the rise of digital
business, but also some of the darker sides of this. My section spoke about
how – in the 2020 timeframe - the labor reduction effect of dig... (more)
Just back from Gitex (more about this later) and it is only one week to go to
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, which starts Monday November 1st. I will be
speaking in track 4 “Real-World Cloud Computing & Virtualization” on
Wednesday at 6:25 PM (the cloud is no 9-5 affair) about How Cloud and
Virtualization Are Changing the Way Business and IT Will Interact.
After speaking about this in Prague in June I was invited to give my
perspectives also at the event in Santa Clara. Only 5 months have passed, but
in cloud terms that is a life time. Come by and check out what has changed.
If you c... (more)