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A basic introduction to the cloud designed for Accoutancy Ireland,

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  • VAX 11/780 4 MB (yes mega) main memory. Disk storage sub-systems could attach the order of 100MB of memory.Price was $150,000 dollars.
  • Wikipedia just raised 16m last year in volunteer donations.If I wanted to share photos in ‘90s I needed a website, software, and the time to tell all my friends. Cost: several thousand euro and lots of time. Today flickr does this for 24 euro’s a month and facebook does it for free.
  • Computing was a trainExpensive to build (Track + stations)Expensive to run (trains + rolling stock)Only went places that had economic valueGoing new places was expensiveKey players, Microsoft, HP, Sun, IBM
  • Fast.Cheap.Go away.On Demand.Flexible.Just what you want.
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  • Cloud Computing -A Gentle Introduction
    Joe Drumgoole
    Twitter: jdrumgoole
    Blog: http://joedrumgoole.com/blog
  • Nothing New Under the Sun
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  • What is new with the Cloud?
    Search
    Media Sharing
    Social Networking
    Global Distribution
    Ridiculously cheap storage and compute
    Utilisation of Cognitive Surplus
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  • The Old Distribution Method
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  • The Dell Business Model
    Swap all the 100 Watt Bulbs to 80 Watts
    What’s cheaper than owning a computer?
    Not owning a computer
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  • Computing in the 90’s
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  • Computing in Noughties
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  • 10-Jan-2011
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  • Cloud Computing Terms
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  • SaaS
    Pay as you Go
    Capex to Opex
    No long term commitments
    No hardware
    No installation
    No integration (usually)
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  • Instead
    Browser Wars
    Plugin Wars
    Data extraction concerns
    Privacy and Security issues
    Uptime
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  • Business Models
    Pure Play Pay : Salesforce.com
    Freemium : Flickr, Evernote, Dial2Do
    Advertising : Gmail
    Hybrids of all the above
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  • Conversion Ratios
    10,000,000 Page Views
    1,000,000 Registrations
    100,000 users
    1000 paying customers
    Conversion ratios of 2-3% are average
    10% is super stellar
    10-Jan-2011
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  • Important to Remember
    In advertising based business models you the user are the product
    The product you use (e.g. Facebook) is the packaging
    As an individual you have zero control
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  • What does This Mean?
    CAPEX -> OPEX
    Asset free businesses
    Low burn companies
    Old IT rules don’t apply
    Your customers are moving online
    Cost bases are dropping
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  • Direct Impacts
    Statutory requirements for accounts
    7 years recording keeping
    Still a necessity for paper copies of everything
    What is your cost ratio compared to others?
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  • Specific Opportunities
    Online Email : Google Apps
    Document Sharing : Drop Box
    Contact Management : SugarCRM
    Project Management : Basecamp
    Management Accounts : FreeAgentCentral, AccountsIQ
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  • Summary
    Its so cheap to compute your teeth will hurt
    The desktop is dead
    SaaS + mobile = Future
    Microsoft Office + TAS Books may not be the only solution
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