I love how the IT industry can jump on the bandwagon. As soon as a new catch phrased is coined and shown to be a billion dollar market, you get new players, current players, corporates, specialists, contractors etc. etc. using the new “word” in everything. The marketing departments have a new moving target and do their best to show the whole world that they are indeed the leaders and the actual solution to meet the expectations of the market. The catch phrase today is cloud computing, and although it is not new, the marketing and vendor buy-in into cloud computing only started now.
The last couple of months Internet security has been making headlines thanks to a hacker group by the name of Lulzsec. Most prominently are their attacks on Sony which caused the PSN (PlayStation Network) to be offline for a month. The group claims that it is for the laughs and they are doing the world a favour by showing the vulnerabilities that exist in systems. They have a huge following on Twitter (187,000 at last count) and there is a lot of reaction on their exploits, mostly negative though. One thing that they do highlight however is that Internet security is still lacking and more active measures need to be taken.
So what will the weather be like going forward, cloudy with rain or cloudy with sunshine? The fact is that the cloud is going to change things, but to what extend and what will the results be? What is the world going to be like after the cloud, but more importantly, how are we going to get there? Today I was astounded to meet someone working in the IT industry, a decision maker that did not know what the cloud is. And this person is working at a big enterprise. That is leading me to this question, how are we going to get there, because I think that is going to determine what we are going to have after the storm.
There is now a lot of news around Apple’s iCloud, so I thought to throw in my two cents worth.
Firstly, I want to start off by saying that Apple has now taken over the marketing mantle from Microsoft and must surely be the best self marketing company out there. They know how to reach their consumers and more importantly, how to keep their consumers happy. This is a good thing! Secondly, my view on Apple is that they have very successfully changed themselves into a media company, with some great devices to make use of this media. Call it iMedia for lack of a better word, but they are really good at it, and they keep playing to their strengths, which is also a good thing! Read more…
One thing that is still missing from content management systems is the content creation part. I’m not talking about web content management, but actually the whole enterprise experience. The problem is that most content is created with tools outside of the content management system and then imported into the system. This means that instead of it being a content management system, it is more a media management system, good management of media with excellent Meta information around the media files.