To better understand the future, I frequently advise my audiences to beware of descriptor phrases that will fade away in time. For example, we no longer say “color TV,” it’s just TV. The same will eventually be true of “cloud computing.” Soon, it’ll just be referred to as computing.
It’s already true that many of us access data in “the cloud” and pay scant attention to where that data is physically residing (think Facebook, Twitter or YouTube). Eventually, that’ll be true for most of our data–even for banks, retailers, healthcare companies and manufacturers.
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