Economy in the clouds: an introduction

In this global village, there are two essential attributes: distance and accessibility. The distance, by the process of globalization, open borders and diversity of transportation, attributed it would make the world smaller. Accessibility, in turn, is a bridge to the Virtual World.

This is another and opposite direction of the relative perception of space. The Virtual World is like the cosmos after the Big Bang. It stretches endlessly and the borders of its explosion are imperceptible. New services and social networks play areas, commerce, e-learning (e-learning), e-widening the space of all our fun and our work.

This new reality is being augmented with user activity. In turn, providing content storage devices require increasingly more optimization and data memory. The Virtual World expels a lot of information, of varying utility. As some say, we are creating a virtual cosmic dump, with which justify the development of new information technologies. However, this is, apparently, an unavoidable side effect of the development of civilization of information.


Predominant influence of new technologies

Dozen years ago, new technologies dominated especially in scientific laboratories and institutes and corporations in the pages of science fiction books. Today, new technologies become more accessible. There is not a day, an hour, a minute without comment, information that relates to new technologies. New technology dominated our thinking, are a part of our daily lives, we facilitate it, but sometimes can be an obstacle. Nevertheless, is the engine of development in todays economy? IT probably pervaded all spheres of our space fun, work and education. Bewildered, is the thesis that information technology is that possible? To some extent yes. Technology is the know-how, knowledge about the way of innovation or creation of new and more efficient method of performing a given task. Are we, today, able to imagine life without TI, without computers, smart phones without GPS navigation? It would be like suddenly we switched off the light, we cut electricity. What is imperceptible perceptible when we noticed their lack.

Civilization Information

The changes that are being made now are unnoticed, especially for a regular user of new IT technologies. It is a silent revolution that changed our world from 2.0 to 3.0. What is the reason for these numbers? It is an analog to the denomination numbering of the stages of development of the Internet. The Web 1.0 means HTML, Web 2.0 social networks and tools means. You may also be interpreted in the context of the progress of ICT market: I. Period of mainframe computers (mainframes) and terminal II. Era of personal computers, III. Period of cloud computing and mobile applications. According to futurist Alvin Toffler illustrious, we still at the stage of the third wave was postindustrial, was information and services. Welcome to the World 3.0!

For this publication, I opted for the next division of the development of world civilization information:

  • World 1.0 Digital Era
  • World 2.0 was Tech integration
  • World 3.0 Reconstruction Era (re-eventing)

The name of each of the stages is in any case agreed and serves only as an introduction to the presentation of knowledge and information covered by this publication. As in the case of Toffler waves, here too it is possible to indicate a demarcation line between the stages of development of civilization information. Phases overlap each other. Worldwide 3.0 shows characteristics of the Digital World, while in the World Tecnotrónico the World Reconstruction.

World 1.0 Digital Era

The characteristic features of the digital world include: information transfer based on oral tradition, books, newspapers, radio and television, while the predominant attributes of the media listed are: the printing press and radio. World 1.0 covers almost all of our history. Then came the industrial revolution accelerated technological development, increased production capacity, reorganization of work and life style. The same thing took place in the beginning of the Industrial Age, is happening now, but in another reality, scale and formal as then, many technologies completely reorganize branches, create new, they erased the lines between the classes old or make some of them disappear. The education system can not keep up with the changes taking place in the labor market; companies need specialists in new branches. This area collects harvest reorganization in the form of rising unemployment. This phenomenon occurs especially entrenched economically and commercially in the previous period. The analogies are more than obvious. Every great wave of technology brings the need for change, while those introduced inappropriately and not fast enough, leading to the crisis

World 2.0

The dominating faster new technologies is the individual user. It is our private area of ​​activity and usefulness of new solutions, which makes the entire construction of our world need modifications. However, the more organized structure, the more difficult changes. Not the first time that the business follows a path previously opened by the consumer market. Cloud was further used by the individual user by the user company.

The wave of changes initiated by hundreds of millions of individual users can not remain without impact on trade. What today causes more problems for large companies is perhaps applying the concept of Web 2.0 to its current activities. What is the main element in the activity of the individual user, the fact show itself and known to have one, openness and transparency are an obstacle of matter by the companies, which prefer to be closed, opaque and hierarchical. The fewer formalized structures, have more say employees. However, that is what, in most cases, companies try to avoid.

Companies are sort of based experimentation, which is carrying out a specific test for use of new variants, new methods of management and organization that is beneficial to the requirements of novo technology world. Not all goes well and not everyone will like them. Some companies and firms very resistant to change. However, like the old technologies have their place in the modern world, the old style of the organization, in some cases, remain. In this is evolution. The revolution, reorganizes many branches without pity, without considering the consequences, while in the background, the evolution continues. Adaptation to market requirements and client goes. As in nature organisms mutate to adapt to climate change and the strongest are those who win, here, similar processes are taking place. Win these trade bodies, which better and faster adapt to changes.

The biggest challenge for business incomparably larger than the Web 2.0 is the introduction of the solutions in the cloud. It is an unprecedented challenge, as even the computerization of the companies had a slower start. The acceleration is relentless. The Cloud is a challenge and at the same time, a risk. Cloud Computing (CC) changes the way in which business users make use of sources of computing power. The cloud represents a fundamental change to the traditional way of dynamic and flexible process. The Cloud is the modularity, scalability, speed of changes and adaptation to market needs. As business users of cloud computing, we obtain, among other things:

  • Big Data3
  • Virtualization
  • Defragmentation of devices
  • The Third Platform (Cloud Computing 1.0)
  • Mobile computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Internet of Services
  • Social Network Sites (social networks)
  • The Web 3.0

Reconstruction is the era of reorganization procedures and organizational structures: companies, state governments, schools, hospitals, banks. Paradoxically, all these institutions, most opposed to these changes, are the most in need and could take advantage of them. An area where there is a large amount of data, many users, a centralized organization structure and at the same time, geographically dispersed recreation is most required.

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