many of the cost savings are missing the element of bandwidth and bits - additional capacity & reliable connections are required for cloud services and then the cloud provider may charge you for the bits up/down and stored - those are often hard to estimate early in the TCO process
I think that PaaS has the greatest opportunity to transform companies.. it allows for a level of standardization on developing applications.. but still allows customization and innovation in the final application that is presented..
One thing that continues to fascinate me about cloud is its flexibility. So you hear about non-tech companies, like construction firms for example, getting into offering cloud-based services. Are there any industries you think will be offering cloud-based services in the future who aren't doing so today?
I heard recently we have slower Internet access than even China - we still have lots of infrastructure work to do, I guess. It seems like the pendulum swings from centralized (mainframes) IT to decentralized (servers) IT and back again (cloud). Maybe I've been in the business too long. Keeps it interesting though!
I know Homeland Security is doing a lot with cloud, in terms of improving the whole customer experience. And that, of course, is part of the fed's push toward cloud. Are there examples you can share with us that you see as being particularly leading?
Craig, what we heard was very interesting. I found it fascinating how companies are using/going to use cloud to improve the customer experience. It seems as though this will really help midsize companies compete against much bigger firms... do you agree?
We're investigating what happened with the audio. Certainly none of us are happy about it. Craig's talk was recorded and will be available in archive. I could hear it on direct feed and it's well worth a listen.
Is this going to be rescheduled for a later time perhaps? I only have so much time I can block off today. Also, while we have a good speaker, it would be nice for him to touch on a a few concrete examples when he starts describing concepts. I feel like I am seeing a lot of buzzwords in the slides but not a lot of specifics in the talk.
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