While official definitions of the term eventually mean the same, one might find the Wikipedia definition for Cloud Computing slightly different from the Gartner definition which is also somewhat different from other experts’. Cloud Computing is actually an umbrella term for three service models: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).
We are witnessing a battle of giants, between Apple and Google. Apart from fighting over hegemony in the mobile market, they are fighting to shape the way we consumers will use the Cloud in the coming years. Their struggle represents two different and exciting approaches. Can they both be right?
While living our lives, we leave a digital trail that can be captured and analyzed. Governments, organizations and businesses are looking for ways to gain value from our data to improve public services, to prevent crime, to predict outbreaks, or to increase profit. While the use of this data could improve our lives, it also raises serious questions regarding privacy, liability, and intellectual property.
We are moving fast.
Not so long ago it was common to wait few days for mail to arrive while today it takes only a few seconds. Back then we bought a TV set and hoped it would last for 10 years whereas today we hope it won't last for more than 3. Until few years ago you could not find "Social Media Manager" job ads where only in the US in the last 30 days there were more than 1000 job openings.