February 27, 2014 | Written by: Paul Are Angell Killie
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Future generations will wonder why there were computer rooms in all business buildings in “the old days.” This is similar to how we feel today when we learn how industries had to secure their own power source in the past.
Were programmers considered artists in the 1980s?
As a newly educated engineer from college in the early 80s, we discussed programming as a kind of art. We demanded our freedom to program the way we wanted and some even demanded to program using assembly language. Does anyone know what that is today?
At the same time we discussed a vision for the future. We understood that computer power would someday be accessible from an outlet in the wall like electric power.
Are we killing the artistic programmer?
The vision starts to come through. Standard computer power is founded on standard, virtual and automated data centers. This is the opposite of an artistic view of a programmer, who creates and chooses his working tools. Today you can plug into cloud data centers for access to the data power you need with infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Next on the ladder is platform as a service (PaaS). This really challenges the artistic programmer. The announcement of IBM Codename: BlueMix introduces a tool that creates the environment for the application.
What is the future of cloud?
You will see a totally new paradigm of business opportunities wherever you are, based on access to computer power. Are there examples? Yes! Look at the phenomena around online games or the usage of social media in general, particularly among the younger generation. They may not even use email or a wired phone. They require on-demand availability.
So, while standardization of electric power production was the accelerator for the industrial revolution, cloud may have just started acceleration of the information paradigm. Data power does not come through a socket in the wall—it is airborne.