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Would You Say Web 3.0 is a Convergence of Web and the Cloud?

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As raised by this feature article on ebizQ, would you say Web 3.0 is a convergence of the web and the cloud?

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  • What isn't a convergence these days, especially when you qualify it with concepts like web and cloud computing. But such convergences do come at a cost and Web 3.0 is no exception.But the elephant in the room is are we willing to work only if we are connected to the cloud.

    As we move more and more to the cloud, wrapping services and personal computing around it, the requirement to be connected all the time grows unbounded. Yes, technologies exist to allow asynchronous/disconnected access, but unless companies are willing to invest they are dooming us to a future lifetime of tethered computing - Internet Tethered, that is.

  • According to Tim Berners-Lee (paraphrased of course) Web 3.0 is an overlay of what he has been calling the "Semantic Web" on top of the existing Web 2.0. Nova Spivack defines Web 3.0 as a connective intelligence; connecting data, concepts, applications and ultimately people with the Semantic Web being a part of it but not the end all. Almost every other definition of Web 3.0 also makes some reference to a core component of "intelligence" as well.

    The question about whether the convergence of Cloud and Web is Web 3.0 is interesting. After some thought, however, I believe that while Clouds will be an essential foundation to support 3.0, they are not the critical component of 3.0. Their role will be similar to others such as BI, SOA, AI, etc. but just as Web 2.0 is not Web + SOA, Web 3.0 will not be Web + Clouds. In fact, one could argue that clouds have always been around. After all, haven't we all depicted the Web as a "Cloud" at one time or another?

  • Unless your engineering team has rewritten a product from the ground up for the third time such as Windows 3.1 (probably the first usable version of Windows), I think you don't deserve the moniker "3.0".

    In point of fact, anything 2.0 is slightly irritating to begin with.

  • I must admit that I do not understand very well the distinction between Web and Cloud. For me, Cloud is an integral part of the Web, relating to several aspects of it – in particular architecture and ubiquitous access to hardware and software resources. So they are converged already.

    I perceive the Cloud “phenomenon? as firming up the business nature of the Web on the IT side, paving the way for Enterprises to exploit the Web not only for communication related aspects (from email to ecommerce to collaboration and marketing) but also for the deployment of core applications. I am presently involved in such a project that brings the notion of “play list? to a composite application for financial brokers and portfolio managers in a global financial institution, incorporating most of the “bells and whistles? of Web2.0 user experience and a hybrid Cloud and Legacy backend. That is what I consider as Convergence – but the main converging domains here are Web and traditional Enterprise IT.

    Back to semantics?

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