Cloud-enabled working from home?
"“I am slightly too young to remember the workplace before the arrival of the PC,” says Jacqui Thomas, director of Comms at the UK and Ireland chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance."
Well, I do remember. And I'm old enough to remember the paperless office as well. Another undelivered promise.
As for cloud enabled working at home? We've had this for years and years *thinks* I think we enabled our work-from-home on company application servers about five years ago?? We have everything centralized anyway, pushing apps over the internet isn't such a big deal. Once you're travelling the TCP/IP stream, endpoints don't matter much (except for the security conscience).
It's all well and good to jump the bandwagon and proclaim the Cloud is the wave of the future, but we're talking about concepts and mechanisms that trace their roots back to the 60's. The only real change is consumer access to broadband.
But that doesn't change the fact that, as an example, the rivalry and irritations between the ICT department and the Technical Services vanished when we all where relocated to the same building and it was found easier and more convenient to discuss things in person rather than send emails to and fro. Technology is not the answer to everything.
And a piece of advice for you Cloud-enabled work-from-home lusting newbies ;-)
Asking a technician if he has time for coffee will easily take weeks if not months from the duration of a project.
That said and done, my boss is moving our network redesign, re-installation and maintenance to a third party and we are in early stages of moving our applications to the cloud. And although my job is in no way in danger, I'm compiling a list of things to do after the migration and as of yet it only says: 'replace broken monitors'
Perhaps then, I can finally find the time to clean keyboards, monitors and vacuum the piles of dust behind the desks... as everyone seems to assume this is an IT task, le sigh