Beyond Cloud — The 3rd Computing Era

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve presented a more forward looking view of what lies beyond our current conception of cloud computing at CloudConnect in Las Vegas, a research symposium at UC Berkeley and to the Northern California chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. I’ve used these presentations to outline an evolving set of ideas anchored around the idea that we’re in the middle of the 2nd […]

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Sharing in the Success of the Digital Economy

Sharing in the success of the digital economy «The digitally enabled economy is unleashing a new wave of change, something we are only just beginning to feel and understand. The economic evidence shows that this innovation -the development and adoption of new products, services, processes and business models — is vital to support rising living standards. But making the political case for the progressive power of innovation, […]

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The Industrialization of IT

Anyone who has spent any time discussing cloud with me, or seen me present on cloud issues will no doubt quickly learn how fond I am of analogizing this technology domain with the automotive industry. Our drive to solve the Time-to-Value problem and to implement continuous value delivery have deep rooted connections to the mass production innovations of Ford, the scientific management disciplines of Taylor and […]

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Inflection Points

Although the articles on adamalthus.com represent my personal views on the intersection of technology, policy and economics I rarely write about the personal impact of these issues on me. That will be unavoidable with this posting. We sit at the inflection point between two eras of computing: The distributed machine and application focused model of today and the data driven composable service model of the 'Metaform' that […]

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Cloud Computing’s Free Lunch

One of my mother’s favortite sayings is «There's no such thing as a free lunch» Generally that’s a pretty good rule to live buy. If it looks like your being offered something for nothing then take a second look. You’ll almost always end up paying somewhere down the line. However, when it comes to cloud computing a ‘Free Lunch' may become a very real possibility. Amazon, Microsoft and Google are […]

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Technology’s Triple Threat

Cross-posted from the Innovia Ventures Blog by Jonathan Murray & Desiree van Welsum What impact will the increasingly widespread use of digital tools and information have on our society and economy and how will we deal with the disruptive forces brought to life and amplified by these technologies? Understanding the nature of this emerging transformation and identifying appropriate responses to ensure we successfully navigate […]

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Is there a 'can' in your future?

In the economics of computing the most expensive resource is still the network. In scenarios where large data-sets are being processed it is almost always cheaper to move computation to the data than the other way round. My friend and former colleague Dave McCrory nicely captured this reality in his concept of Data Gravity. Today's cloud based computing architectures assume that all data will flow to the […]

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