We are the cobblers children, see the beautiful shoes of the information age made for someone else. But, we don’t get shoes yet, because its not the information age.

I still have the Zune software installed on a PC. I went and have gone several times to uninstall it, but I can’t. I am a huge Apple hardware fan. I love my iPad and my iPhone. But frankly the Zune was a better and more capable music player than the iPod. It just never had the content. The same sadly is true for the Windows Phone, but that was a Microsoft mistake. The PocketPC dominated the phone market, but Microsoft let that slip through their fingers. Cheap hardware and expensive software works great on the PC, not on a phone. It is all about low cost, bite sized applications. Yes, Microsoft has made the change, but not before they lost the market.

The Pono music player is a better music device than the iPod as well. The advantage the Pono has over the Zune, alignment with a group of musicians. Pono was designed by musicians for musicians. It has the sound quality and options they are looking for.

So why the past music player history lesson? First off, like the digital camera the personal music or entertainment systems are dying. Zune died first, iPods are slowing down in the market as people move more and more to their cellular phone as the only thing they carry. Watches took a hit for a while as well, the introduction of the smart watch has brought the market back for watches. They add value to the cellular device. Digital cameras have taken a hit, although what has happened there is the creation of specialty cameras that have incredible value add features.

It is a grow or die market.

Cloud Service Providers are in that mode right now, grow and then grow again. They all seem to leap frog over each other with new features. Security continues to tighten, as would be expected. If all you do all day long is one thing, you are going to get good at it. CSP’s have people dedicated to catching security problems early on.

Features and functions continue to explode. Cloud adoption continues to grow. The early adopters and the beginning of the middle of the curve plunging forward into cloud. IoT implementations in the cloud are expanding faster than enterprise cloud deployments.

The shifting ground beneath our feet is moving faster now than ever before.

That brings me to this blog. I am considering the horizon here often. The next big thing. The problems that intersect with the market and drive us to the left or right of our original goal. What is the dilemma that will push CSP’s, Cloud computing itself and the growing IoT market to the right?

10 years ago on my blog I talked about the fact that cloud and the Internet wouldn’t explode until there was nearly ubiquitous home internet access. That was achieved pretty quickly after I posted that blog (not because of my post, I was responding to a perceived issue). In the last three or so years analysts have proclaimed this the information age. I argue that the information age remains beyond the horizon. Too much data lives on hard drives of people that don’t share today for this to be the information age. We don’t have the tools to get the data to an easily shared and consumed place.

Is information the road block? Again ten years ago I saw that bandwidth was a limiter initially. Now information is the limiter. It is the thing that keeps from full on leaping into the pool that is the information age. We are certainly in the heated dome covering the pool that is the information age. I suspect we are closer to the locker room putting on our information swim suits than we are actually being in the information pool today.

I still can’t access information you don’t share.

So many smart people that got to their expert thrones by keeping information. Information hoarders that share PDF files with nuggets of information locked behind a password. You can’t copy this information without my password. You can’t change this document. You can’t move, touch or manipulate my data.

We are the cobbler’s children now, seeing the wonder of the information age (beautiful shoes) but the cobbler cannot afford to make shoes for his children. We see the pool. We feel the warmth of the heated water and we marvel at the quiet still blueness. We wish more than anything to jump in. But the pool that is the information age is still covered with saran wrap. If we jump we will not touch the warm waters of information, we will bounce off to the side and in striking the concrete injure ourselves.

It’s time to share information. From family moments that are left on the Internet as reminders of family moments that happened once. To ideas like the Edison Scale© we have to get things into the pool so we can begin taking the saran wrap off the pool and leap in.

What will change the direction of Cloud? Information. Lack of, need for and ultimately people share their information. Posting it, sharing it and recording it. Making the concept of information hoarding a distant memory that people laugh about as they play Marco Polo in the pool known as the information age!

.doc

Waiting by the side of the pool to get the saran wrap off.

I still have the Zune software installed on a PC. I went and have gone several times to uninstall it, but I can’t. I am a huge Apple hardware fan. I love my iPad and my iPhone. But frankly the Zune was a better and more capable music player than the iPod. It just never had the content. The same sadly is true for the Windows Phone, but that was a Microsoft mistake. The PocketPC dominated the phone market, but Microsoft let that slip through their fingers. Cheap hardware and expensive software works great on the PC, not on a phone. It is all about low cost, bite sized applications. Yes, Microsoft has made the change, but not before they lost the market.

The Pono music player is a better music device than the iPod as well. The advantage the Pono has over the Zune, alignment with a group of musicians. Pono was designed by musicians for musicians. It has the sound quality and options they are looking for.

So why the past music player history lesson? First off, like the digital camera the personal music or entertainment systems are dying. Zune died first, iPods are slowing down in the market as people move more and more to their cellular phone as the only thing they carry. Watches took a hit for a while as well, the introduction of the smart watch has brought the market back for watches. They add value to the cellular device. Digital cameras have taken a hit, although what has happened there is the creation of specialty cameras that have incredible value add features.

It is a grow or die market.

Cloud Service Providers are in that mode right now, grow and then grow again. They all seem to leap frog over each other with new features. Security continues to tighten, as would be expected. If all you do all day long is one thing, you are going to get good at it. CSP’s have people dedicated to catching security problems early on.

Features and functions continue to explode. Cloud adoption continues to grow. The early adopters and the beginning of the middle of the curve plunging forward into cloud. IoT implementations in the cloud are expanding faster than enterprise cloud deployments.

The shifting ground beneath our feet is moving faster now than ever before.

That brings me to this blog. I am considering the horizon here often. The next big thing. The problems that intersect with the market and drive us to the left or right of our original goal. What is the dilemma that will push CSP’s, Cloud computing itself and the growing IoT market to the right?

10 years ago on my blog I talked about the fact that cloud and the Internet wouldn’t explode until there was nearly ubiquitous home internet access. That was achieved pretty quickly after I posted that blog (not because of my post, I was responding to a perceived issue). In the last three or so years analysts have proclaimed this the information age. I argue that the information age remains beyond the horizon. Too much data lives on hard drives of people that don’t share today for this to be the information age. We don’t have the tools to get the data to an easily shared and consumed place.

Is information the road block? Again ten years ago I saw that bandwidth was a limiter initially. Now information is the limiter. It is the thing that keeps from full on leaping into the pool that is the information age. We are certainly in the heated dome covering the pool that is the information age. I suspect we are closer to the locker room putting on our information swim suits than we are actually being in the information pool today.

I still can’t access information you don’t share.

So many smart people that got to their expert thrones by keeping information. Information hoarders that share PDF files with nuggets of information locked behind a password. You can’t copy this information without my password. You can’t change this document. You can’t move, touch or manipulate my data.

We are the cobbler’s children now, seeing the wonder of the information age (beautiful shoes) but the cobbler cannot afford to make shoes for his children. We see the pool. We feel the warmth of the heated water and we marvel at the quiet still blueness. We wish more than anything to jump in. But the pool that is the information age is still covered with saran wrap. If we jump we will not touch the warm waters of information, we will bounce off to the side and in striking the concrete injure ourselves.

It’s time to share information. From family moments that are left on the Internet as reminders of family moments that happened once. To ideas like the Edison Scale© we have to get things into the pool so we can begin taking the saran wrap off the pool and leap in.

What will change the direction of Cloud? Information. Lack of, need for and ultimately people share their information. Posting it, sharing it and recording it. Making the concept of information hoarding a distant memory that people laugh about as they play Marco Polo in the pool known as the information age!

.doc

Waiting by the side of the pool to get the saran wrap off.