There is no doubt about it Computers impact
the work, research, manufacturing, technology
transfer, scale-up, development and publishing
whether governmental, academic or university.
One of the significant trends in computing
is “cloud computing” where major applications
are on a virtual cloud in cyberspace, from which
you and I have access and use to solve our
problems or collect and process our data.
John Uebersax summarized the trends for
cloud computing for statistical data analysis.
It may be argued that his case study could
be broadened to chemistry, research
development and manufacturing. Paraphrasing
four of his considerations
- learning curve negative, people resistant
to learning another tool that
has little proven benefits
- cost negative, sure the expense
may be less initially, but
more time might be needed.
- confidentiality negative, cannot risk
access to confidential data.
- 100% up time negative, what can you do
when the rare event of it
being inaccessible happens?
On the other hand, show of hands- how many
people back up their data on your system?
Do you know where your data resides?
Who has had a hard drive failure and lost
Who needs to communicate data or
experiments or conclusions over the
internet? It could be pass word shared.
Just like Uebersax, cloud computing is
not suitable for all situations right now,
but it is coming as a cost model in the industry.
So we will be moving into this realm, sooner