While many organizations are still trying to decide what to do about Cloud Computing, Megamation Systems Inc. figured it out a dozen years ago. This outfit, which offers computerized maintenance management software, uses a “Software as a service” platform which it runs from a data centre in Halifax.
Some of you might remember the commercial about “two mints in one.”
Windows 8 is a bit similar in that it is two operating systems in one, the traditional mouse and keyboard operating system and a new touch-enabled operating system.
Let’s talk about tablets and smartphones, and the first thing to understand is that it is not about the device, it is about the data. Hand-held devices do not store large amounts of data, and this is where the “cloud” comes in.
I saw something new this past weekend: A laptop at the head table of a wedding. I was at my niece’s wedding and the master of ceremonies had a laptop to keep his agenda flowing smoothly and to come up with interesting games and tidbits to share with the guests.
This is Generation Z and they only know a life in which they are connected electronically — anywhere. And let’s be honest, the rest of us aren’t far behind them. Monolithic Microsoft understands this and doesn’t want to be left behind by the likes of Sun and Google, which is likely one reason they introduced Office 365.
We can take somebody’s data center and run it for them on the cloud.
- Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
With this new architecture you’re always online and the applications are stored in the cloud.
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt
I really don’t know clouds at all.
- Songwriter Joni Mitchell
Everybody’s talking about cloud computing yet few people seem to know precisely what it is. So let me change this.