With the launch of Google Drive 2 weeks ago, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on cloud storage and pulled together some recommended reading. I’ll be sharing my own thoughts on Drive and its implications for Google as an enterprise player next week.
Of all things, the release of Google Drive reminds me how important competition is and how it advances whole ecosystems.
Two posts stood out this week:
- Seth Godin on powerpoints (I’m not totally bought in, but understand where he’s going)
- Phil Wainewright on bringing IT teams (or really, systems analysts and developers) in line with business units. Here’s my favorite quote
A significant shift in IT skills would have to accompany this restructuring of the IT function. As infrastructure migrates off-premise into third-party clouds, enterprise IT has much less need of practitioners in what someone called the “dark code” skills of infrastructure development. Instead the expertise that’s more highly prized will be in business analysis, delivering value at the level of process automation and streamlining. There’s a need for skills transfer too, as business users and managers learn to become more capable of assessing their own automation needs and understanding how best to adapt applications to deliver them.
Following Box.net’s first conference (and news of Levine turning down 500 MM), there’s a lot of chatter about freemium tools and questions surrounding how these enterprise apps are turning to HTML 5 (or not).
In the week that the Kindle Fire was announced, we also saw a lot of buzz about automation and good reads regarding what is and isn’t working in social business.