By Rick Blaisdell
The combination of mobile and cloud technologies seems like a match made in heaven. The cloud is highly flexible and charges based on usage, while mobile technologies deliver applications anywhere and everywhere users might need them — and really fast, too. This could be the future of IT.
I have largely touched upon the subject when I wrote about the iCloud. In addition, in terms of mobile cloud computing, mobile browsers and apps seem to be the most common-used tools. Because both technologies are very flexible and can be delivered virtually anywhere, cloud and mobile are a natural fit. In addition, mobile customers are already accustomed to using the cloud.
This CISCO report identifies the latest trends in the development of these two technologies. You can read a very nice interpretation of the reports here. However, I’d like to add these points, in terms of how I believe these technologies should further evolve and improve:
- Smartphone producers should give the user the possibility to switch between operating systems. I know that the iPhone, which I use as well and believe is close to perfection, is a valid argument against this point, but what about HTC or Samsung? What if one of them only had one smartphone, and they were able to give their users the possibility to upgrade to the OS of their choice — from the latest Android version to the latest Windows Mango? This would definitely expand their margins and allow them to concentrate on manufacturing a few superior phones.
- There is currently a trend to expand and adapt the traditional cloud services to the mobile world. However, new programs are being created just for the mobile technologies. In this aspect, I believe location-based cloud tools have a high potential for success — for example, a cloud locator.
- The mobile security area has a lot of potential to develop. Classical antivirus programs do not adjust well to the mobile world. Therefore, enabling security preferences as you would deliver data to a smartphone is a good idea, on a cloud basis — offering 24/7 delivery and utility pricing, as a cloud provider would.
Two of the most lucrative technology markets are uniting, it seems. Now is the time to be creative and to differentiate. I believe that mobile and cloud can lead to the development of completely new technologies and tools, and whoever can rule the combination between mobile and cloud technologies can rule the IT world. The future of IT is here.
Rick Blaisdell is an accomplished technical and business leader and a pioneer in the cloud computing field and in delivering the next generation of business technology. Focused on results, he has implemented revolutionary solutions to cut costs and improve efficiency. He is a creative thinker and visionary in the area of cloud computing. You can read more about him on his personal website, www.rickscloud.com, or e-mail him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published: Sep 30, 2011