The next main phase for the Cloud Best Practices Network is for it to become
a ‘Virtual University’, meaning a provider of online e-learning
courses and issuer of associated ‘Digital Badge‘ certificates.
The curriculum will be organized in a bottom up and top down manner, meaning
that we will populate a catalogue of on demand, modular courses, like a
specific module for ‘How to Use for Business Continuity’. Very
specific and to the point, for perhaps $195?
Also in a more top down manner will be much larger, ongoing programs intended
for key industry scenarios, the first being ’Digital Government best
The major topics for this program are still being formed but will look
G-Cloud Computing and Agile Procurement Assured Identity Open Source, Open
Data Innovation Process Trans... (more)
A key development for the Internet of Things will be the evolution and
emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud
applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and
Lori MacVittie wrote a while back about the need for an ‘SNS’ – a
Service Name System, a DNS type directory approach but for Cloud Services so
that they can be entirely loosely coupled from their IT infrastructure.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, himself described a scenario of
‘Socially Aware Cloud Storage‘ that applies this same ideal of
Like most of the tech world I recently shifted my core focus to be headlined
around the Next Big Thing, the “IoT” – Internet of Things.
Why? For the same reasons I specialized in Cloud, and before that SaaS and
before that ASPs and web hosting. Ie. a continuing evolution of the original
‘Network is the Computer’ vision of Sun Microsystems – All
technology becoming a network-based utility, rather than a buy, build and
Since then the volume of devices, information flows and bandwidth has
exploded exponentially, but the principles o... (more)
The UK’s Digital Government program is such a great leadership example,
because not only are they pioneering the G-Cloud store, a service catalogue
for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS suppliers, but also they are defining ‘Agile
Procurement’ practices too.
Since the G-Cloud project was aligned under the Digital Services team, one
key development has been that this catalogue for Cloud services has become
companion to another similar supplier group, one for people skills like
software development, via the Digital Services Store.
This approach makes perfect sense, because Cloud hosting isn’t u... (more)
Like every one I am updating my terminology to reflect the shift that
occurred – Business and technical executives immediately get that when
combined with a world of smart, connected devices then Cloud computing only
makes more sense.
We have entered an age where IoT Cloud Computing will become the dominant
form of enterprise IT architecture.
Smart devices aren’t much use if they aren’t sharing their feeds with
some kind of enterprise system, and so new forms of middleware as well as
entirely new forms of ERP will emerge too. In short how will that RFID device
on the tin of bea... (more)