Technology is constantly changing. Some technologies ride a rollercoaster of favor and fade as they seek to find their place (RFID), while others replace earlier versions (imagers for lasers), and then there are those that create a permanent place in our world (the internet). Three current technologies that appear to be creating a permanent mark on the IT landscape are “Big Data”, “Cloud Computing” and “Mobile Computing”.
Big Data as defined by SAS Institute Inc.
“Big data is a popular term used to describe the exponential growth and availability of data, both structured and unstructured. And big data may be as important to business – and society – as the Internet has become. Why? More data may lead to more accurate analyses
Cloud Computing as defined by whatis.com
“Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. The name cloud computing was inspired by the cloud symbol that’s often used to represent the Internet in flowcharts and diagrams.
A cloud service has three distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting. It is sold on demand, typically by the minute or the hour; it is elastic — a user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given time; and the service is fully managed by the provider (the consumer needs nothing but a personal computer and Internet access). Significant innovations in virtualization and distributed computing, as well as improved access to high-speed Internet and a weak economy, have accelerated interest in cloud computing.”
Mobile Computing as defined by Wikipedia.org
Mobile Computing is “taking a computer and all necessary files and software out into the field”. Mobile computing is any type of computing which uses Internet or intranet and respective communications links, such as WAN, LAN or WLAN.
There are at least three different classes of mobile computing items:
The existence of these classes is expected to be long lasting, and complementary in personal usage, none replacing the other ones.
So why all the fuss?
These are three of the biggest technology revolutions occurring and they have significant interdependency. Big Data requires large amounts of available storage, accessibility and processing power. Cloud computing provides unlimited storage, accessibility and processing power. Big data by definition requires the collection and consumption of valuable real-time information. Mobile computing is designed specifically for the collection and consumption of valuable real-time information. The promise of Big Data is using more information to make better decisions. The promise of mobile computing is getting better decisions to the right people. The decision making capabilities of big Data are enhanced with real-time information. Mobile computing delivers real-time information. Cloud computing requires user access portals. Mobile computers are ideal user access portals.
The world is changing, our industry is changing. We are the critical link between the enterprise and users, the “last mile” if you will. The future is here and DecisionPoint is leading the way.