Cloud computing has become a
ubiquitous term in our brave new world. Yet the definition of what computing on
the cumulonimbus is tends to be wide and varied depending on who you happen to
be conversing with at the time.
I recently had a conversation
with Stuart Bale (General Manager – Product @ Xero) who drew his version of
Cloud computing on a piece of A4. The model consisted of an array of
interconnected applications providing a comprehensive integrated solution.
This really hit home for me.
Cloud computing isn’t just about running your applications across the ether,
taking advantage of the numerous benefits of a hosted solution; Cloud computing
is about bringing together previously disconnected systems and putting them all
on the same page. With specialist vendors plugging into each other through
seamless interfaces, the end user now has the ability to access a completely
integrated solution that covers all of their needs.
Imagine a world where your Job
Management, Digital Asset Management, CRM, Payroll and Accounting solutions
integrate together seamlessly. This interconnected world alluded to by Huxley,
is no longer the realm of fiction it is available today, just look to the