I recently attended the KMWorld web event "Developing a Knowledge Sharing Culture in the 21st Century." The speaker, Ashley Gorringe from Google Enterprise, provided some insights into Google's vision of cloud computing and how it can create a culture that allows all aspects of an organization to move insync. Here are some highlights from the discussion:
Characteristics of work tools that are designed for today's knowledge worker:
- Utilize the power of networks. Must be social.
- Not tied to a desktop computer.
- Can access information and projects very quickly.
- Must work on mobile devices.
- Access information anytime and from anywhere.
Opportunities of cloud computing:
- Radically lowers the cost. Much cheaper than on-premise solutions.
- Much faster application development. Pace of innovation is much faster.
- Scales across businesses of all sizes. Larger organizations benefit because its cheaper than supporting a large IT group. Small to medium size businesses can leverage alot of technology for a similar price as a large business.
- Frees up an organization's IT group's time to work on more strategic projects.
What is cloud computing?
- Using a large scale service to hold an organization's information.
- Accessing information anytime and from anywhere.
- Data and applications reside in the network.
- 1) Based on massive data centres that are very secure, 2) purpose built hardware, and 3) software platform of Internet scale
Google's enterprise vision:
a) Google apps (e.g., video, chat, docs, etc.)
b) Platform – The platform allows you to connect and build your own apps. Since many businesses have existing systems that will still need to be implemented, a range of APIs are developed that allow you to take the existing systems and connect them to the API platform.
c) Access – You can access information from different platforms (e.g., Chrome OS, mobile devices, etc.)
Objections/challenges to cloud computing:
- Security issues.
- IT group will want to protect their turf.