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Tune into: Social Privacy Time for a blog about personal privacy, before we all have forgotten about the concept. The Circle is both the title of an 2009 album by Bon Jovi as a 2013 novel by Dave Eggers. A novel relevant for a cloud blog because it describes a future in which one company (the Circle) largely controls the nexus of information, social, mobile and cloud. The use of a novel as medium for the communication of ideas regarding business or politics is not new. Think of examples as “The Goal” (about manufacturing management), “The Phoenix Project” (about IT Management), “Animal Farm” (about politics) and of course “1984” (about society). The Circle remind us of 1984, although in The Circle citizens opt-in voluntarily to life under an all seeing and omnipresent authority. An authority which, incidentally, is not a government, but a commercial social media a... (more)

Tune into the Cloud – Losing My Religion | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #API

Tune into: a cloud mindset One of the tenets of the cloud religion is that it should be possible – through the use of intelligent software – to build reliable systems on top of unreliable hardware. Just like you can build reliable and affordable storage systems using RAID (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks). One of the largest cloud providers even evangelizes to its application development customers that they should assume that “everything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.  In fact their SLA only kicks in after a minimum of two zones becomes unavailable. Quite a surprising ... (more)

A Cloud Collaboration Experiment

I have started my one-time guest editorship of ComputerTotaal!, by far Holland’s largest monthly IT magazine. My goal is to make the summer edition (#8) one of the world’s first and largest experiments in cloud collaboration. Lead by five guest editors, reviewed by an editorial board of several hundred and with potential contributions from the 100K+ readership, the content of this edition is to be created and reviewed in, on and through the cloud. One of the aspects to be evaluated are the collaboration possibilities that Office 2010 and Microsoft’s consumer cloud platform such as... (more)

Rogue Users and the Future of Corporate IT

Cloud computing can be seen as an important enabler for more user and business empowerment. Traditionally we consideredany IT outside the IT department’s purview“Rogue IT” or “Shadow IT”.  In this blog we examine how further user empowerment may impact the future of corporate IT. Rogue IT (sometimes called shadow IT or consumerism) is the phenomena in which employees outside the IT department deploy IT technology to achieve or automate certain tasks. Rogue IT is not a new phenomenon. But cloud computing is giving it a new runway and much better camouflage, since with cloud comput... (more)

Cloud Predictions Beyond 2011 - Part 1: Consumer Services Rule

In the past weeks we launched directly from the season of cloud events into what SYS-CON calls the Annual Predictions Bonanza. Gartner released its predictions on December 1 leading with "critical infrastructure will be disrupted by online sabotage."  At CIO magazine Bernard Golden gave two  interesting points of view, one for vendors and one for users, and even CA Technologies offered insights into the changes we expect in 2011, including how "security will shift from being perceived as a cloud inhibitor to becoming a cloud enabler." So, what happens after 2011?  In a few upcomi... (more)