In this assignment we were asked to monitor a number of blogs about DAM. I chose to focus on the Cloud. I’m still waiting to hear more funny titles though as I read my way around the blogosphere. Here are a few of mine: Storm clouds ahead? Are we ready for life in the cloud? Here’s another: Cloudy with a chance of a new storage model?
Okay, on to real reviews about real articles on the CLOUD:
DAM-IT the Blog focuses on the company’s own integrated system, (webDAM), but gives good advice in their blog for getting the most out of your system and also understanding DAM a bit better. Their article: Integration in the Cloud: Finding Smarter Ways to do Business meshes their own tools with best practices in the cloud. Their SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution is cloud based and the article talks about why it’s great: Ease-of-use, Customer Focus, Robust Functionality, Extend functionality, Connect complementary solutions, and Customize an application. That sounds pretty good to me, I’ll have to email them for their pricing structure, might be a lot!
Another interesting article was a recent post on DAMNews about Amazon and the Cloud, and its search capabilities. This one talks about Amazon’s search functions in their cloud based computing and how they might be aggressively taking over the cloud. The point seems to be that in a few years there might (will most probably), be newer better services so why not focus now on the best and most cost affective in the short term and worry about the future, well you know, in the future. This does make sense to me, but I do worry about a handful of companies controlling the whole cloud.
I found this article on the DAM Foundation website interesting as well. It takes the perspective of a CEO into account, and why he or she would want the Cloud included in their business module. The Implications that it could radically change how a company does business especially on the corporate level is interesting indeed. Is this business module so radical that it could permanently change corporate structure? This does sound far reaching to me, but after reading the article, I can see where a CEO would be looking at a uniquely different business strategy. I suppose I had not taken into account all the ways that cloud computing could change the way the world does business. Who will ultimately have control of the cloud or clouds? Will it be the companies as whole entities, or will the cloud providers have a bigger stake in those said companies than originally thought or expected? Hmm, time will tell.