Source : Microsoft.com
Dit rapport gaat in op de invloed van de gebruikers van Cloud Computing. Zij beïnvloeden namelijk de aanbieders van ICT. Om te profiteren van Cloud Computing moeten aanbieders strategische keuzes maken. De belangrijkste conclusies uit het rapport:
- Alle ingrediënten zijn aanwezig om te profiteren van Cloud Computing
- Terughoudendheid bij ICT-aanbieders in het aanbieden van Cloud
- Uitdaging in omslag naar een vraaggestuurd model.
Source : ABN Amro –
Gartner Group published a new report on Personal Cloud Services. The most recent developments with devices is that they all come with their own cloud services, like email, pictures, documents, etc.
Personally I love cloud services like Kindle and Netflix which span across almost all devices I typically use
Personal Cloud Services Will Be Integrated in Most Connected Devices by 2013: Gartner
…Speaking at a briefing for technology industry executives in Singapore today, Gartner managing vice president Andrew Johnson said that the emergence of personal clouds reflects the “4S experience”, consumers’ desire to store, synch, stream, and share their content on regardless of device or platform seamlessly. …
“The shift to the personal cloud will accelerate rapidly in 2012 as consumers learn how to use new services on their devices,” said Mr. Johnson. “As cloud services become part of people’s lives, device vendors and platform providers must integrate cloud services in order to win customers in 2012 or risk being displaces by those that offer these services. Brands must stretch across multiple devices, platforms and services.”
According to Gartner’s definition, personal cloud allows consumers to seamlessly store, sync, stream and share using multiple connected devices such as smartphones, media tablets, televisions and PCs over the internet. Consumers have begun to adopt cloud-based services as part of their digital ecosystem, thanks to services such as Netflix, Google Apps, Amazon Music, Microsoft SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud. In a personal cloud, a TV show, for example, can be watched, left and resumed across multiple devices.
“The notion of personal cloud is not new, the refinement and diversity of services for consumers is,” said Mr. Johnson. “Online backup and synchronization companies have been offering personal cloud for years. However, a big change has occurred during the past couple of years, with the growing adoption of mobile and portable devices that have limited internal storage and rely heavily on cloud services. What distinguishes the personal cloud from what came before is its ability to store, synchronize, stream and share as needed allowing consumers greater flexibility in choosing devices and platforms.”
Gartner estimates that consumers will spend approximately US$2.2 trillion on digital technology products and services in 2012, or about 10 percent of the average disposable household income. By 2015, consumers will spend some US$2.8 trillion worldwide on connected devices, the services that run them and content that is transferred through them.
However, according to Gartner, growth is not the only opportunity.
“Inside the spending envelope, market dynamics will collapse some markets while creating others that expand the captured revenue. Providers of consumer devices, services and content must anticipate the risk of sweeping changes to their business models,” said Mr. Johnson. “The personal cloud will force technology providers not only to rethink how they approach markets, but also, more importantly, how they define markets. ‘Emerging’ and ‘mature’ markets are no longer useful market segmentation.”
However, traditional storage will not disappear overnight but will, however, be augmented by the consumer personal cloud. Gartner predicts that personal cloud will become widely adopted by 2015, but that in 2014 less than 10 percent of consumers will use cloud services as their main storage.
Gartner’s recommendations for technology vendors:
- Make personal cloud services a core part of your development efforts. Invisible and ubiquitous now, monetize later
- Take the time to educate and evangelize cloud services to consumers. A key to consumer cloud services will be educating people about the role of the cloud, and how new business models such as subscription and streaming services can coexist with existing services they are familiar with.
- Service providers must deliver an invisible content synchronization experience.
- Personal cloud services can’t be tied to one specific device or platform. An invisible experience means it works on anything.
- Failure to protect consumer data, or a lack of service reliability, could lead to a consumer backlash and a co-dependence on local storage, on top of privacy and security concerns.
More information is available in the Gartner report “Consumers and the Personal Cloud". The report and related research is available on Gartner’s website at http://www.gartner.com/resId=1924714
A domainname like bringyourowncloud.com might proof its use some day in a $ 2.8 Trillion market …
Gartner Group is creating a new magic quadrant for ‘Public Cloud IaaS ..
… Despite having made various blog posts and corresponded with a lot of people in email, there is persistent, ongoing confusion about our forthcoming Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, which I will attempt to clear up here on my blog so I have a reference that I can point people to.
1. This is a new Magic Quadrant. We are doing this MQ in addition to, and not instead of, the Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS and Web Hosting (henceforth the “cloud/hosting MQ”). The cloud/hosting MQ will continue to be published at the end of each calendar year. This new MQ (henceforth the “public cloud MQ”) will be published in the middle of the year, annually. In other words, there will be two MQs each year. The two MQs will have entirely different qualification and evaluation criteria.
Continue at source : The forthcoming Public Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant
Last week Microsoft sent out a press release regarding a report by IDC about Microsoft’s partner ecosystem and its economic impact : $ 580 Billion.
In the software industry there is this the Rule of Thumb :
$1 in software revenue generates up to $10 in the partner ecosystem.
Although 1:10 may seem a very big multiplier, simply compare it to Microsoft’s annual turnover and you’ll see it isn’t that far off.
For sure Cloud Services may impact the 1:10 ratio; but nevertheless a lot of services our partners provide today in the “on premises” world are still very relevant in the “cloud” world.
And if there’s 1 thing that distincts Microsoft from a lot of other players in the current market it is the this partner eco systems. It creates scale in consulting, implementation and management of client’s IT infrastructure. A scale that is far beyond that of any other company in the software industry :
the IDC white paper, commissioned by Microsoft, can be viewed : here
Yes, Google pulled the plug on Google Wave according to a blogpost yesterday :
… We have always pursued innovative projects because we want to drive breakthroughs in computer science that dramatically improve our users’ lives. Last year at Google I/O, when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web app for real time communication and collaboration, it set a high bar for what was possible in a web browser. …
… Wave has taught us a lot, and we are proud of the team for the ways in which they have pushed the boundaries of computer science. We are excited about what they will develop next as we continue to create innovations with the potential to advance technology and the wider web. …
Continue at source : Google blog
Little over a year ago Gartner Group’s Tom Austin asked (himself) this question :
by Tom Austin | May 29, 2009 | 6 Comments
Google inspires and frustrates, leads and lags, marches to the beat of a different (non-enterprise) drummer and wants everyone (including enterprises) to love and adore it.
What a mix! I have been looking at Google Wave and I am really, really impressed. At the same time, I have serious misgivings about whether Google understands what it needs to do to succeed with enterprises (I have research note that’s about to pop out – probably will appear around 3 June).
Wave is potentially a major disruptive discontinuity, a clean sheet design. It will be darned near impossible for vendors of existing or earlier-generation products to morph their products to effectively emulate this. Wave will force others to do new clean sheet projects.
Unfortunately, the first on the block with an entirely new, disruptive discontinuity, isn’t always the long term winner.
Continue at source : Gartner.com
At that time there wasn’t really much to say about it. It was an innovative thought which was overhyped to say the least. Overhyped because the intentions, or at least people’s perceptions, where that Google Wave would replace email, Unified Messaging, Unified Communications all together.
Robert Scoble analysis at that time “hinting” in the direction that Google Wave was really a hype. Not solving any communication challenges we might have, but creating new ones :
OK, I took a few hours off from playing with Google Wave yesterday. I read all my comments on the post I wrote Thursday about Google Wave, many of which were very ascerbic toward me.
I took the day off and said “what if they are right?” and “is Google Wave a really great way to collaborate with other people?”
On coming back to Google Wave with fresh eyes tonight and even after collaborating with people on a few things my answer is “no, they are not right” and “no, Google Wave is even less productive than email.”
Continue at source : scobleizer.com
Some day many of the ideas introduced in Google Wave may surface in other solutions. But this endavour also showed us that challenging email is one tough cookie …
This is a recorded session. Its free but you have to register …
Google and Microsoft are investing billions of dollars every year, building out data centers to support their cloud offerings, and hoping to be No. 1 in a world where the cloud is central to computing. We’ll focus on the differences between their strategies, and who is likely to succeed most at what.
Please join VP and Gartner Fellows Tom Austin and David Mitchell Smith
What You Will Learn:
- Where do Microsoft and Google stand today?
- What will be the effect on markets as a result of Microsoft/Google competition?
- How will enterprise IT decisions be affected by the battles between Microsoft and Google?
If you haven’t seen or used Office Web Apps you can check it out at http.office.live.com
Microsoft’s New Web Apps Will Have Your Head in the Cloud
With Office 2010, Microsoft has taken an important (and inevitable) step into internet-stored media. That’s right; MS is all up in the cloud now.
In addition to releasing its new native Office suite, which gives you the option to save your files on the Intertubes, Microsoft has rolled out free, lightweight web versions of Office apps accessible through Windows Live.
We took several Office apps for a test ride: Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The verdict? For the most part, this is a decent web suite that works well with the native Office apps, though it’s still a little unrefined. …
Continue at source: Wired Magazine
Recent report by Pew Internet about the perceived future of cloud computing. Especially the comments to certain questions contain great insights and links king this a very good read …
Technology experts and stakeholders say they expect they will ‘live mostly in the cloud’ in 2020 and not on the desktop, working mostly through cyberspace-based applications accessed through networked devices. This will substantially advance mobile connectivity through smartphones and other internet appliances.
Many say there will be a cloud-desktop hybrid. Still, cloud computing has many difficult hurdles to overcome, including concerns tied to the availability of broadband spectrum, the ability of diverse systems to work together, security, privacy, and quality of service.
About the Survey
The survey results are based on a non-random online sample of 895 internet experts and other internet users, recruited via email invitation, Twitter or Facebook from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University. Since the data are based on a non-random sample, a margin of error cannot be computed, and the results are not projectable to any population other than the experts in this sample.
Source and download: Pew Internet
This type of future research also brings the Microsoft 2019 video to mind. Great context for the research above if you ask me …
Email market share has been a discussion topic shortly after the solution came to market (ages ago) and it is also a fun topic for many people.
Although “Email in the cloud” was introduced in the mid-90’s, it now has become a hot topic in the whole email market share discussion. This becomes clear when you look at for example a recent article on LotusLive :
…With LotusLive, launched just a year ago, the effort is to allow people to be able to stay in their in-box and bring work tasks, information, and people together, in context. It has 18 million users today compared to just about 1 million each for Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and Google Premier Apps. …
The conclusion looks straightforward :
- 18 M users in Lotus Live
- 1 M in BPOS
- 1 M in GAPE
The question it raises : What are the various platforms and what functionality is offered, licensed and used. So are we comparing apples to apples ?
A second question it raises : which email platform(s) does the vendor offer. Assuming you can only sell so many different email platforms to 1 company, 1 solution is gaining share while the other is loosing right ?
So 2 interesting tables / charts to build would be :
- An overview of email platform(s) offered per vendor
- An All-up market share view of total mailboxes per vendor with maybe a consumer / business split.
Request to all of you interested in this topic :
I will make a start with this but would very much appreciate your comments / tweets to public data sources that can help me figure this out.