That’s right. Get ready to say goodbye to cloud computing.

Not the hosting and using of services over the Internet, oh no. I’m talking about the term “Cloud Computing.”

Well, that’s just one of John Soat’s “Five Predictions Concerning Cloud Computing

What are the five predictions?

  • All applications will move into the cloud.
  • Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will supplant software-as-a-service (SaaS) as the most important form of cloud computing for small and, especially, mid-size businesses.
  • Private clouds will be the dominant form of cloud computing in large enterprises
  • Hybrid clouds eventually will dominate enterprise IT architectures
  • The term “cloud computing” will drop off the corporate lexicon.

This is a fun and engaging read, and the comments afterward are equally as interesting. Worth checking out.

Tax season is behind us (at least for most of us) and we can all give a sigh of relief… but can we? This year, getting my taxes organized and handing them to my accountant seemed to be more difficult than usual. Fortunately for me, the Federal Government gave certain areas that were dealing with flooding a small extension that allowed me to find the time to pass my taxes into my accountant.

Once that task was completed, I was able to relax except for the fact I now had one day to get back into the accountant’s office and sign the documents for them to send to the IRS.

read more “Do People Realize What They Are Sending and the Risks Associated?”

In the automated file transfer world there are two general user experiences.

Workflow #1: Inbox/Outbox – When an end user (or application) signs on, it sees either one or two folders: an “inbox” where it can drop files and an “outbox” where he/she/it can pick them up.  Frequently when items are placed into the inbox they disappear into an internal system almost immediately.  Frequently when items are downloaded from the outbox they also disappear immediately.

A common variation on this is the combined inbox/outbox where any items visible to the end user are “outbox” items and end users simply upload new items, which do disappear immediately, to the same folder.

read more ““Inbox/Outbox” vs. Folders When Designing File Transfer Workflows”

Groove had been around for a few years when heard about it from a friend as this awesome new collaboration technology. Man, did I need something like this for the project I had recently taken on. I set up a Groove account for myself and a group of academics collaborating to publish a series of social science research reports investigating “Global Road Traffic Safety.” The deadline for submissions to the intended academic journal selected by this group of collaborators had already been extended and extended before I joined the party. It was slow going. My objectives for using Groove was to speed up the review cycles and document version of control for…

  • More than a dozen research papers,
  • Being reviewed by half-dozen social science researchers,
  • Who were scattered across as many continents and twice as many university and governmental institutions.

read more “Technology makes online collaboration easy. Too bad people don’t like to collaborate.”