The House has passed an amendment to a larger bill that will streamline federal IT and finally empower CIOs - those able to keep their jobs as CIOs. Federal CIOs have long felt powerless and this bill, as this fedscoop story says, only restates their duties.
If passsed, the amendment, according to the story, would call for seriously denting the ranks of an estimated 250 federal CIOs. But with government, mandating and doing are two different things.
You raise some great points, but the public cloud ship has sailed. Companies have woven the public cloud into their business models. Some companies IT is solely the public cloud. So I think the idea that PRISM will kill the public cloud is not valid...at least until there's some incident, botched government snooping or compromised data. I also point out that the U.S. government (not sure about Canada where you reside) can come after your data no matter where it is. The public cloud might make it easier to snoop without the data's owner knowing it, though.
More and more articles point to the uptake of cloud in enterprises. And, if I believe the interactions I have with CIOs, it is definitely the case. The big question is whether to go private or public cloud. That, in my mind, is the wrong question. I’ve already mentioned several times that “one size does not fit all” when we talk about the cloud.
Just read an article “Nokia planning phablet for 2013”. The original information appeared in the Financial Times. Yes they put the word “phablet” into brackets, but everybody seems to know what they mean. Wonderful language that keeps expanding itself.
The world is increasingly becoming digital and interconnected. At the moment, our main focus is on human interactions, but that is changing quickly. The machine to machine communication is slowly but surely increasing.