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Michael Poulin

I worried "about everything going to the cloud" in 2009 - Apple's Steve Wozniak is worried only now

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I cannot resist a temptation to admit that I worried "about everything going to the cloud" in 2009 while it was published only on 05 August 2012 that Apple's Steve Wozniak said, "I really worry about everything going to the cloud," and added, "I think it's going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years."

At last, the authoritative industry leaders started to recognise that when we moved from corporate technology into Clouds we had crossed a line between Technology and Business. However, we either missed or ignored the fact that Business operates with different values than Technology and an immediate saving (offered by Clouds) has to compete with a long-term business success. That is, what seems so appealing today may easily appear as a horrible problem tomorrow. In particular, an aspect of ownership can reverse all good in Clouds into inaccessible or even bad.

Steve Wozniak admitted, "With the cloud, you don't own anything. You already signed it away". He continued, "I want to feel that I own things... A lot of people feel, 'Oh, everything is really on my computer,' but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we're going to have control over it." Back to January, 2009, in the point #1 out of 9 business problems of Clouds, I stated, "Business Trust and Security - is about control over authorised access to execution processes, information and data, subjects under development, testing, prototyping and simulations. All of these are getting out of the owner control. Contracts with CC providers add some assurance but you do not control their business and you might not know where they outsourced your tasks to be processed."

It is easier to understand for people, who deal with business processes than with its automation or technology in general, that simple commercial interests of Clouds providers have very little in common with commercial (and even less with technical) interests of their consumers. Do not be fooled by a hope that a Clouds provider will be driven by your satisfaction of its service. There are enough "us" for the Clouds providers to make their profits regardless our needs. This is business, not technology, and business ownership boundaries may be stronger than even Chinese Wall.

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In this blog, Michael Poulin writes about business and technology ideas, concepts, methodologies and solutions leading to service-oriented enterprise, the primary instrument for obtaining business objectives in fast-changing environments.

Michael Poulin

Michael Poulin is an enterprise-level solution architect working in the financial industry in the U.K. and the United States.

He specializes in building bridges between business needs and technology capabilities with emphasis on business and technical efficiency, scalability, robustness and manageability. He writes about service orientation, application security and use of modern technologies for solving business problems. He contributes to OASIS SOA standards as an independent member and is listed in the the international "Who's Who of Information Technology" for 2001. View more

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