Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Well, do you understand Cloud?!

Commented the post Does the US understand cloud computing? on ZDNet by  (@ZDNetCharlie).

Short break out:

When asked what "the cloud" was, 29 percent said "a fluffy white thing", whereas only 16 percent connected the phrase with a network used to store, access and share data across Internet-connected devices.
Cloud computing was found to be widely misunderstood. The survey found that:
  • 51 percent of respondents, including a majority of Millennials, believe stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing.
  • 95 percent are actually using cloud services today via online shopping, banking, social networking and file sharing, even though a third believe it to be a "thing of the future".
  • 59 percent believe the "workplace of the future" will exist entirely in the cloud.
However, those that want to appear more knowledgeable aren't against pretending. 22 percent admitted to feigning knowledge about cloud computing -- one third faking in the office and 14 percent during a job interview. Strangely enough, 17 percent pretended to know about cloud computing during a first date.

My comment:
"I don’t live in the US but I assume the result of this survey would be approx the same if executed in Europe or in other areas with the approx same IT maturity. Even if people use many cloud services on a daily basis they only use it like a sort of BPaaS or upper level SaaS. BPaaS and upper level SaaS are great but I think cloud services should be used wider. The pace is good but still a too bit slow, especially in Europe. To accelerate and get more users and companies to adopt cloud services the cloud market needs to educate the potential customers even with basic information. The market has come to a point where we talk a lot of nitty gritty ONLY, and it’s very difficult to understand and adopt the information for someone who’s not an “insider”. The market needs to peak out from the cloud, think “hey, here are some potential customers who don’t understand why cloud is a great way to deliver productivity” and start to talk basics to the customers in a language the customers understand. That’s why I wrote my ‘S'il vous plait, please habla Deutsch!’ on Outsource Magazine. Lately I’ve seen some really great; either new or historical, posts tweeted or published. I think it’s a great way to go and we need to continue the job. Customers need both basic and deep level info, not only deep level. 
Well, do you understand Cloud?! What would you like to read more about or what do the cloud business in general not tell you? Please tell, I might tell or guide you to a great source.

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