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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 email. 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 abstraction to our personal data across all the social networks we use. This refers to a distributed (Cloud) storage service that is used to store personal user data for social networks, rather than the social sites holding it themselves. The standard I am more familiar with is the OASIS XDI protocol, w... (more)

GovCloud 2.0 – Introducing “Big Data Search” for Government IM Best Practices

Our next upcoming webinar is entitled GovCloud 2.0, and a headline topic we will be introducing is called ‘Harnessing Enterprise Search for IM best practices‘. IM is of course Information Management and refers to all aspects of Governments needs to managed records. President Obama considers this a top priority area which means it will be a best practice area that will further accelerate Cloud adoption of related technologies. As per the title one example of a new technology that can be used is called ‘Enterprise Search’, referring to large organizations using Google-like techn... (more)

IoT Cloud Computing – Building the On Demand, Real-time Enterprise

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)

An IoT Taxonomy – Mapping Internet of Things Innovation

One of the most powerful aspects of the Internet of Things is the process of synthesis it achieves; it provides a mental model for people to associate and relate a number of different technologies under one umbrella concept and trend. Therefore one early quick win is a simple taxonomy for listing what these different technology camps are, so here is a first draft approach for this that is now included as the guiding framework in our IoT Technology Roadmap: IoT Taxonomy Wearable Computing - The smartphone will remain as the central control unit but it will be "Wearables" that ge... (more)

Digital Government best practices – Certified App Stores

In key citizen scenarios like E-Health the emergence of “DIY IT” (Do It Yourself) technologies is a key trend changing how, where and why IT can be used. The popularity of app stores and online stores in general since Napster through iTunes or Google Play has empowered a culture, and expectation, of self-service through the simplicity of ‘download and run’ to my preferred smartphone. In particular in healthcare this has combined with related device innovations, so that for example the Bant app can enable smart phone users with diabetes to test and monito... (more)