Consumer Technologies in Corporate Computing

“In the past, innovation was driven by the military or corporate markets. But now the consumer market, with its vast economies of scale and appetite for novelty, leads the way. Compared with the staid corporate-software industry, using these services is like “receiving technology from an advanced civilisation”, says Mr Sannier.”

“Since the software and the data reside on the service provider’s machines, the danger is of losing control of sensitive data, which is now in somebody else’s hands. Most IT bosses find this scary…Google’s Mr Girouard says a similar evolution in trust occurred when people reluctantly accepted that their money was safer in a bank than under a mattress.”

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