Cloud Watching

By Kate
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Will the enterprise costs of servers, software installation, etc., one day disappear? Will companies that make stuff one day do it “from the cloud”?

This morning I was reading Oleg’s post on Should PLM think about Google Aps?, and I have to tell you it got me almost NCAA Final Four-excited. Maybe I was helped into the sports feeling given the reference article’s title: Google Cloud: 1, MS Office: 0.

As TechCrunch IT journalist Leena Rao reports, automotive supplier Valeo is now in the cloud.

While I’d like to encourage you to join the already-launched chat about PLM and cloud computing on PLM Twine, before you head there please answer my two simple poll questions and see what others think.

Question 1:

Here’s the last question:

Thanks for your perspective, and happy weekend!


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4 responses to “Cloud Watching”

  1. Jovan says:

    Please note that on the PLM side, a branch from Valeo (VSS) is using an externalized service provider in order to support their ENOVIA MatrixOne architecture. The ENOVIA federation layer is certainly something that DS could leverage to offer real Cloud services around PLM. With tools like 3DVia Shape, this is exactly the direction I think PLM companies must take in order to find new markets. If you will, I am ready to write an article on that as I have been thinking about it quite a lot…

  2. Matthew West says:

    My main concern with migrating everything to a data server somewhere has little to do with security issues, but rather connectivity. To put it simply, how will be expected to accomplish anything should we find ourselves without an Internet connection? The whole cloud migration argument is couched in this assumption that everyone will be online 24/7, but that simply isn’t true. At this particular point in time, cloud apps are fine for things like file redundancy, or things like social tools, but for anything business-critical, the Evernet needs to become a reality, not just a dream.

  3. Kate says:

    My biggest cloud concern is stability/downtime (so far so do 34% of the poll voters). That said, I don’t think everyone will migrate to the cloud. You’ll probably see mixed-bag work configurations depending on job function, non?

  4. Jonathan says:

    I agree with Matthew, connectivity is a big issue. I’d like to use Google Apps, the calendar for example, but I don’t have a fancy mobile telephone to connect to my calendar when ever I want for next to nothing. Instead I carry my little book of parchment and write with a leaded pencil, “copy and paste” is an issue though :-)
    Maybe mobile connectivity is not the key, instead having many connection points in cities, shops, etc. which would be much simpler to use than a regular computer would help connect the world.
    Finally for PLM; I think ROI & security are big issues. Companies need more tailored apps for their usages whether it’s full working day usage or 5 minutes here and there… i.e. “pay per use”. They don’t want to customise but they want the apps to do exactly what they want – should they modify their processes to match the apps? And securing IP…well I trust my on-line banking security and I feel safer storing my personal files on-line than having a non-backed up hard drive at home ready to be stolen.

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