I’m not citing studies which demonstrate a diminished number of thought leaders at the cloud computing area –that is only my opinion. However, if you’re honest with yourselves, the majority of you may notice a big difference between the quantity of new thinking about cloud computing these days compared to the amount in 2010.
What happened? A couple of things have changed.
To begin with, the word”cloud computing” is so typical that we have already composed and said pretty much all that is intriguing. It was common to toss out”the cloud” several times in meetings back in 2012, but today it just makes you look desperate.
As of now, the cloud is a combination of many subdisciplines, such as cloud-based databases, machine learning, IoT, even edge computing. It’s no more about the consumption model around the use of computing. That has been settled. It is about what’s new within clouds, the majority of which can’t be found in your premises.
Secondly, the thought-leader space has become too noisy. Back when I used to write for print publications, even this one, only a few anointed individuals could get their name into print. Later we replicated printing with online tools, then finally only online tools.
I suspect that technical book readership is also down, replaced by YouTube, Wikipedia, blogs, and training videos. Nothing wrong with those channels (I author for many of these ), other than there are too many. It is tough to determine where your primary technology information must come from these days. Having too many options may indicate you you need to search harder to find the good ones.
This is not really a complaint, more of an observation. As my customers, friends, and coworkers seek to comprehend the wisdom around cloud computing, I’ve discovered that the places where I point these are becoming less obvious. I suspect this problem will get worse in the years ahead.
The solution may be aggregators. Rather than generating articles, the thought leaders of the future–for cloud computing, or any technology–may be the people who can organize the huge amounts of available data into specific items to read, follow, and experience.