John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, just published a good blog entry about the
potential for change caused by universal connectivity, not just of our mobile
gadgets, but of pretty much everything. Much has been made of late of the
so-called “Internet of Things (IoT)”, to which Cisco is upping the scope
and going so far as to make a bold estimate that 99.4% of objects still
remain unconnected. This of course is great fodder for late night talk show
hosts. I’ll leave this softball to them, and focus instead on some of the
more interesting points in Chamber’s post and the accompanying white paper.
It strikes me that there might be more to Cisco’s Internet of Everything
(#I0E) neologism than just a vendor’s attempt to brand what still may be a
technology maverick. Internet of Everything sounds so much better than the
common alternative when you append Economy on the end, and th... (more)
Sometimes I wonder if anyone, in the entire history of computing, has every
bothered to read and consider the contents of a typical End User License
Agreement (EULA). Some Product Manager, I suppose (though truthfully, I’m
not even sure of this one).
The EULA, however, is important. It’s the foundation of an important
consent ceremony that ends with only one effective choice: pressing OK. This
much-maligned step in every software installation is the only real binding
between an end user and a provider of software. Out of this agreement emerges
a contract between these two partie... (more)
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 is starting next week and cloud
computing is on the agenda. You can be sure that a technology has moved out
of the hype cycle and into everyday use when it shows up at a show like CES,
known more for the latest TVs and phones than computing infrastructure.
People don’t really need to talk about cloud any more; it’s just there,
and we are using it.
Of course there will always be a place for a little more talk, and I’ll be
doing some of this myself as part of the CES panel “Privacy and Security
in the Cloud”. This discussion takes place Mon... (more)
SOA in the Cloud
It’s that time when we look back on one year and forward to the next.
Over at the eBizQ forum Peter Schooff asked about SOA’s past and future:
What Developments in SOA Are You Most Thankful For This Year?
What Do You Think Will be the Biggest Trend or Development for SOA in 2010?
True story from the consulting trenches: the operations staff had left hours
ago, shaking their heads and reluctantly leaving the consultants to resolve a
problem with their code. It was well past midnight, in the middle of winter,
in a town many time zones from home. The project was late. Altogether, this
was an awkward situation that you probably know well.
The consultants - falling into that murky classification of not quite
outsider, nor regular employee - worked from hobbled accounts; the security
staff were pros and took their charge seriously. By 2:00 a.m., the group was