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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)

Digital Badges primer – Harnessing Cloud best practice learning and marketing

Our site has been upgraded to generate ‘digital badges‘, a core mechanic that will facilitate our overall strategy of evolving to become a “virtual university” for e-learning the required skills to adopt Cloud computing. Naturally our courses will be built around Cloud best practices, and via a modular curriculum Digital Badges 101 For a quick primer on Digital Badges here are a few good articles: First – We’ll be using Credly, which issues ‘open badges‘, developed by Mozilla and explained helpfully in this Q&A overview. Education... (more)

IoT @ UoT – How the University of Toronto is the gem in Canada’s tech innovation crown

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 install model. Since then the volume of devices, information flows and bandwidth has exploded exponentially, but the principles o... (more)

Agile Procurement – DevOps for Government

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)

ID Consent: applying the IDaaS Maturity Framework to design and deploy interactive BYOID (Bring-Your-Own-ID) with Use Case

Introduction Current approaches to IDaaS on one hand enforce trust of consumer data using legal compliance, risk and impact assessment and the other hand require technical implementation of access controls to personal data held by an enterprise. Balancing trust has to be done across all layers, verifying person’s identities, showing the individual and the service is real, creating short term relationships and verifying and maintaining all long the Cloud service the user mapping between the enterprise and the cloud user account in a mesh federation. This makes sense only if... (more)