Posted by: Larry Sims
According to the recent article at Constructech, How Much Cloud for Construction? , the cloud has created much buzz in construction these days with many in the market still looking for answers. As with any technology investment, a good rule of thumb with the cloud is to take it in small steps. When it comes to cloud computing in construction, the question isn’t so much should you take to it, but rather what is the right amount? Information technology managers in construction are struggling with the tongue-in-cheek “fully vs. partially cloudy” dilemma regarding which construction technology applications are indeed best suited for the cloud.
The debate has been generating much discussion on Constructech‘s own LinkedIn group lately, where many believe it comes down to the decision of which applications to take to the cloud, and which to leave in the standard delivery model.
“Programs that sync data in the background are a perfect fit,” says Morrow. “Data that is fetched via realtime requests may or may not present more of an issue. As a general rule, the more unique the software/data is to your specific business the more cloud resistant it might be. Start with services that every business uses. Get a comfort level, and then move to industry-specific software, (and) save any custom ‘in-house’ software for last.” Continue Reading →
Posted by: Larry Sims
From the moment the studio4llc website was launched, I realized my workstation pc and faithful Blackberry would no longer fulfill my requirements. 24/7 access, mobility options, pen and power are now the prime parameters for restructuring my operations.
For mobility, there seems to be little choice than to migrate as much as I can to the cloud. My available options here were pretty much pre-established, given my long time dependence on Microsoft and the decision to trade my Blackberry for a Windows 7 phone. And this is fine, as Microsoft has no equal when it comes to enterprise operations, IMO. Not that I have anything against Apple, other than the fact they cater to the general consumer market and are highly proprietary, and I won’t even consider letting anything Google near my computers. I’ve had a Windows Live account for a number of years, so all I needed to do was install additional Microsoft software.
Windows Live Messenger 2011, Windows Live Essentials 2011, SkyDrive, Windows Live Mesh 2011
To help with the cloud migration and Windows 7 phone selection, I have been following Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows. Continue Reading →