If you think all the double-speak was coming out of Washington this week you have been watching too much Fox and CNN. It was also happening in our technology meccas in MA and CA.
First Craig Mundie of Microsoft asks "What will be the "killer" applications driving (cloud computing) demand?
Craig: I think Zoho, Google Apps and others have shown for a couple of years some killer apps which should already be there: the suite of applications called MS Office. Why speculate in the future - why not start there with some gusto?
Then Larry Ellison, him of Network Computer fame way back in 1996, now says "“We’ll make cloud computing announcements. I’m not going to fight this thing. But I don’t understand what we would do differently in the light of cloud computing other than change the wording of some of our ads. That’s my view.”
Larry: I would instead change the wording of your contracts, price lists and consumption model to reflect the progress in variable, opex-size, shared service economics your vision of 1996 is now allowing the industry to deliver.