Culture shock within
After two years studying the intricacies of the so called cloud and classifying myself as a fairly adept user of so called cloud services, I was keen to know more about the embedded world’s view on this acclaimed future. So what’s new in this mix?
Or so it seems. The level at which the presentation was delivered was not at all what I expected. A pre-introduction to the cloud, its benefits, disadvantages, and possible alternatives. Why did I leave bed at 7am to listen to this?
As a systems guy, perhaps my view of the world is too restricted? Perhaps EMDC trained me to solve problems according to one paradigm only? Perhaps I’m just living on the cutting-edge? We take the cloud for granted, using it whenever applicable. Or always(!).
After the initial shock settled, these are some of the takeaways:
- The potential of connected devices is at its extremely early days. It is barely embryonic.
- Building complex hardware solutions are tricky and there’s a lack of talented people able to tackle these programming tasks. Moving intelligence to the cloud is a way of circumventing the lack-of-people-problem as it tend to be easier to develop software when you have “unlimited” resources.
- Service License Agreements are everything. These are probably the largest obstacle to adoption. Policies and standardisations for organisations to lean on (however boring they may sound) are a pre-requisite.
- There is a lack of experience amongst the classical IT-departments connecting small devices directly to the Internet. “It doesn’t look like a PC, it must be a security risk.” This may not be as big of a problem on an individual level as on an organisational level.
- We need more talks like this to bridge and learn from each other within our own industry.
Note: I use the term “cloud” too broadly in this text, feel free to beat me up later.