Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Would you ever put a cart before a horse? Would the “cloud” market be thriving without the drastic explosion of mobile computing?
My point is does it really matter whether the chicken or the egg came first? You can’t have chickens without eggs and without chickens you can not produce eggs. They are a complete synergy. Naturally you would not put a cart before a horse because the horse is needed to pull the cart. They also are a complete synergy. Just like cloud and mobile are a perfect synergy. My prediction is that interest in “cloud” would not be nearly what it is today without mobile. Afterall, hosted applications have been around a long time. What’s new is that people can afford mobile devices for personal use, bandwidth is more available and the overall experience is much better than a few short years ago.
Below are some interesting statistics about the mobile market as of my writing this blog post, 7/25/2012. The article is about Microsoft Windows 8 Store specifically but has a lot of other good information. I have taken the liberty of summarizing the cliff notes below:
What is you you ask? You are reading it right now. Creating this web site with a highly-effective blog from WordPress , then adding a Content Management system from Joomla , then adding a testing/education application from moodle , and then adding a social portal from elgg took me maybe a grand total of one hour time. This is not to brag but rather to demonstrate the fact how far we have come regarding the great progress of offering simple, yet highly-effective point-and-click tools to make powerful applications.
This web site is an example of just this. It cost me a grand total of the domain fee of ~$10/year plus one year of hosting at ~$60/year. ~$70 total! All the software is open source and free to use for non commercial usage. A great deal, in my opinion.
Anyhow, I remember all that not long ago how I would have had to manually install databases and configure connectors and mashup applications. It was doable but time-consuming and frustrating. This ease of use allowed me to jump right into settings up this web site exactly how I want it to be from a functionality standpoint instead of dealing with all the technical details of getting everything working correctly.
I think this type of dynamic is what is going to be changing in the Information Technology world. Traditional IT folks will need to become more agile on enhancing business processes or become more focused on creating useful tools instead of the details of software installation, patching updates and/or upgrades. In other words, I can have my applications hosted in ‘the cloud’ where a service provider does all the low-level technical things that still need to be done, but I can channel my energy to more productive activities.
The idea of a Development Platform being so easy to use, yet powerful enough to be deployed for enterprise applications is here to stay. It’s a way to easily jump start your path to efficiency!