|By Cloud Best Practices Network||
|April 9, 2012 09:12 AM EDT||
Canada’s goals for an innovation system face the same challenges as their counterparts in all other areas of government who are facing a rapidly changing world that is becoming increasingly techno-centric at a rate of accelerating change.
Policies and programs that were conceived in the 70′s and 80′s during the hey day of the Baby Boomers, are more or less due for the same retirement that this demographic is now shifting into, and with this transfer happening in my humble opinion it presents one of the greatest challenge the nation has faced.
In short if Canada faced a reality with no oil sands where would it stand, how effectively would the policies and programs work at delivering sustained economic growth in the modern Knowledge Economy? If the “easy money” of the oil sands is covering up systemic weaknesses then these weaknesses will still be present and manifest in key issue areas like low adoption of e-Health systems for example, meaning poorer quality healthcare, and is a symptom that will magnify greatly as the % of old people balloons.
So it’s imperative Canada ‘makes hay while the sun shines’, using oil sands revenues to build a future-looking innovation system, one that very proactively links these cash flows to modernization in these key areas, and IT industries like Cloud Computing represent this future.
I set up the Canada Cloud Network initiative towards this end, as I believe the industry offers a foundation to underpin the required next generation innovation ecosystem, which can be explained through highlighting a few of the different levels of benefit it offers:
- Canadian Cloud Ventures – The changing laws for entrepreneurism
- Crowdfunding Apps – Using Cloud apps for the processes of innovation
- Next Generation Cluster – The broader ecosystem these apps can feed
Canadian Cloud Ventures – Look Ma, No IT Department
Before we step into considering the broader ecosystem of startup innovation, one of the first and most brutally simple ways to convey the value of Cloud Computing is the relationship to entrepreneurism.
In short, it makes sophisticated technology more widely available to more people. What would have cost you $100,000 just five or ten years ago is now available via a swipe of your credit card, and can power all kinds of new innovative business models. Ie. It’s making tech entrepreneurism much cheaper, and therefore more accessible to more new entrepreneurs.
Canadian firms like Hootsuite, Futurestate IT and ACIS are all leveraging this utility to launch new businesses, a trend nicely captured in this recent article from the Globe and Mail.
Crowdfunding apps – Innovation building blocks
A simple example of the ‘Power of Cloud’, as it can be applied to help improve the process of innovation itself, is the ‘Starbucks ideas app’ from Salesforce.com.
This uses the community effects of social media to encourage the submission and development of New Ideas, providing a catalyst for an effect known as ‘Crowdsourcing’.
In this white paper Phil Wainright, a Cloud Computing guru, explains how Salesforce.com can be used for these Innovation Management best practices. As a modular ‘PaaS’ – Platform as a Service, Salesforce.com offers a modular approach where these web tools can be coupled together like building blocks to suit any organization.
Pioneers in Canada have started asking the questions about why Canada isn’t doing the same, and by starting to use these types of Innovation Management apps then it could be brought to life.
Canada Cloud Network : The world’s first Next Generation Cluster
Use of these new social media technologies to improve the innovation process is the central thesis for a white paper from tech giant Cisco, called ’Next Generation Clusters‘.
If Crowdfunding can accelerate more innovation at the individual project level, then NGCs can scale this effect across a nation-wide scope.
Michael Porter conceived the original cluster model and it has become universally accepted as the key model for economic development by Governments, used to grow industries from technology through aircraft.
In essence NGCs update the model to reflect the new era of Web 2.0 global collaboration, the key points are that the cluster model is implemented via technologies like social media, video conferencing and Cloud Computing, and by using collective intelligence models aka “crowdsourcing” to provide a framework that enables more entrepreneurs to start more businesses.
By using these new technologies to enhance the innovation process itself as well as developing an ICT industry, a Next Generation Cluster strategy offers a powerful formula to maximize a compounding effect known as ”Multi-Factor Productivity’ (MFP)’.
Conclusion – Utilizing Open Innovation for Social Change
As per the title of this article the scope isn’t limited just to the capitalist aspects of entrepreneurism.
Crowdfunding is a technique based on using the Open Innovation best practices conceived by Henry Chesbrough, and as the name suggests it has broader social benefit as well as improved innovation process.
The real opportunity for Canada, for any nation, that these new technologies and business models offer is the ability to broaden access to entrepreneurism to any one at any level of society, and to use this principle as the fundamental means of for addressing more intrinsic social issues, such as child and family poverty.
In Canada one in ten still lives at this third world societal level, and its transformation of these statistics that is the real exciting potential for a new innovation ecosystem. Innovation can be used to change anything.
- The JOBS Act, crowdfunding and what it will mean for healthcare startups (medcitynews.com)
- Obama Signs: And Crowdfunding is Legal in the US! (bizsugar.com)
I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented.
Nov. 24, 2015 08:00 PM EST Reads: 333
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...
Nov. 24, 2015 07:30 PM EST Reads: 339
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem"...
Nov. 24, 2015 06:00 PM EST Reads: 366
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...
Nov. 24, 2015 06:00 PM EST Reads: 317
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
Nov. 24, 2015 05:30 PM EST Reads: 140
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessi...
Nov. 24, 2015 04:30 PM EST Reads: 283
In his General Session at DevOps Summit, Asaf Yigal, Co-Founder & VP of Product at Logz.io, explored the value of Kibana 4 for log analysis and provided a hands-on tutorial on how to set up Kibana 4 and get the most out of Apache log files. He examined three use cases: IT operations, business intelligence, and security and compliance. Asaf Yigal is co-founder and VP of Product at log analytics software company Logz.io. In the past, he was co-founder of social-trading platform Currensee, which...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:45 PM EST
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true ...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:30 PM EST Reads: 459
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:30 PM EST Reads: 135
There are over 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content. Join @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040), June 7-9, 2016 in New York City, for three days of intense 'Internet of Things' discussion and focus, including Big Data's indespensable role in IoT, Smart Grids and Industrial Internet of Things, Wearables and Consumer IoT, as well as (new) IoT's use in Vertical Markets.
Nov. 24, 2015 03:30 PM EST Reads: 507
Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at Built.io, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application del...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:00 PM EST Reads: 284
In today's enterprise, digital transformation represents organizational change even more so than technology change, as customer preferences and behavior drive end-to-end transformation across lines of business as well as IT. To capitalize on the ubiquitous disruption driving this transformation, companies must be able to innovate at an increasingly rapid pace. Traditional approaches for driving innovation are now woefully inadequate for keeping up with the breadth of disruption and change facin...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:00 PM EST Reads: 404
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
Nov. 24, 2015 02:15 PM EST Reads: 257
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Nov. 24, 2015 02:00 PM EST Reads: 416
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Y...
Nov. 24, 2015 01:45 PM EST Reads: 406