Four ways to stay on top of the cloud

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on-top-of-cloudThe popularity of cloud computing is exploding and cloud technology innovations are occurring at a rapid pace. Sometimes it seems like every day brings a new cloud announcement of some sort.  It’s important to keep up with the latest cloud innovations; otherwise you risk getting left behind. And it’s also important to sort out the real innovation from the Cloudwashing – the rebranding of a product or service as “cloud”, when little has changed or it is not even a true cloud offering.

If you’re like me, then you’re time poor, and find it challenging to find the time required to read lots of articles from various sources.  I get around this problem by focusing on just four key information sources – the ones which give me the biggest bang for my buck. In this post I’ll share with you the sources I use to help me to stay on top of the cloud.

1. The IBM ThoughtsOnCloud blog

As an author on this blog I’ll admit that I might be ever so slightly biased. But with over 140 contributors, the Thoughts on Cloud blog contains the combined brainpower of a large group of smart people.  And that’s why it remains my first port of call for cloud information.

2. Cloud Times

The Cloud Times is a great source for of keeping up to date across a wide spectrum of cloud topics. Their international team regularly writes on topics such as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud security, cloud marketing, social cloud, mobile cloud and much more.

3.  LinkedIn cloud groups

There are many LinkedIn Groups but there are two in particular that I have found to be very active and contain some really good discussions about relevant cloud computing topics.

4. The Clouderati

The Clouderati are a group of influential cloud bloggers who promote and evangelize cloud computing. Follow them on Twitter by searching for the #clouderati tag.

How do you stay on top of the cloud?

There are hundreds of sources of cloud information available on the Internet. These are the best four that I’ve found — the ones that give me the best information in the shortest amount of time.

But the Internet is a big place and has lots of information sources. So, how do you stay on top of the cloud? If you have any other great sources of cloud information, then please share them here with the cloud community.

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