The offerings are global – and available (Amazon, Google, Salesforce, etc.). There are attractions particularly in terms of avoiding major capital expenditure, scaling the infrastructure investment as demand for the business application grows. The 'private cloud' is now also an option. There are concerns – how do I pick the right vendor, will it prove expensive in the long run? However it seems to me that for a country like Ireland and for entrepreneurs here trying to build out businesses to kickstart our serious challenged economy, cloud computing offers a great way to push forward, with limited capital outlay but all the scalability to build web/ global business.
Dion Hinchcliffe's well thought out piece provides a more comprehensive list of some of the pros & cons. Time to move forward.
Dion Hinchcliffe's talk at web 2.0 Europe
Dion reflects on the impact of 4 year's of web 2.0. He focuses on the move from 'push' to 'pull' systems. But much of the question is our readiness/ willingness to embrace and exploit the opportunity.
Who creates the value? (The network)
How much control do we have over our businesses?
How intellectual property works (creative commons…)?
Increases in transparency e..g in supply chain
Product development – we get that our customers tell us …but how do we listen to '000's of customers?
Operations – cloud computing
Interesting to think about the value proposition that is the data companies now. Would point business towards the unclaimed classes of data.
Dion Hinchcliffe, in his recent blog Enterprise 2.0 industry matures as businesses grapple with its potential, captures the essence of much of the change – and the associated issues – involving web 2.0. Interesting commentary – we have the IT department led web 2.0 initiatives and we have the ‘bottom up’ approach weherby user communities initiate use of web 2.0 products. Doubtless (1) this will lead to some of the usual interaction between IT and users; (2) will also raise some interesting questions about prefered software solutions and vendors in organisations.
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