This post is somewhat of an update. As I have written before, I am a Management Information Systems major in my third year of college. To say that my time in college has flown by is true, and yet at times I feel that the end could not come soon enough. Perhaps that’s just the beginning stages of Senioritis, but I digress.
This semester is the first time I have a class dedicated to Management Information Systems, and the good news is that I am loving it! The textbook that goes along with the course is the first book since I have entered college that I have been willing to read. It is incredibly comforting to know that I’m on the right path. I’m really hoping that this course will give me a little more direction into an area which I can specialize.
Aside from finally having an MIS class, I have noticed a bit of a trend on Twitter, and I have a few thoughts on the subject. Everyone seems to be talking about “the cloud.” I’m beginning to think that it’s the new buzzword, just as “open source” was a big buzz word back in 2008. So for the past year or so, the cloud has really been picking up interest. Here’s a quick snapshot of the rate of Google searches regarding the subject:
Boom. Late 2010 and interest takes off after being relatively stagnant ever since Google has been tracking searches. Interestingly, this period of interest has gone through some interesting transformations. As of last month, there was a big kerfuffle involving Steve Wozniak and his concerns regarding the idea of putting all of our information in the cloud.
It’s the Woz’s concerns that really reflect my own.
One day I will be working in an IT department at a company, working on developing strategies for information management, and honestly I don’t think I would want to sacrifice any sensitive company data into the cloud. In spite of continuing efforts to increase security – that still doesn’t satisfy my fears that someone, anyone, could hack their way into the system. I certainly do not believe that intranets are any more secure, its just that the cloud is far more accessible than an internal system. Suddenly, damage control becomes far more difficult if someone is able to penetrate the network. I can’t help but wonder what the cloud will become in the next five years. Some seem to believe that it will eliminate the need for server farms. I humbly, but strongly disagree. The need for internal servers that can be isolated if the need arises to keep data safe seems to be the best answer to making sure the most critical information stays in your hands. I will not deny the clouds overall usefulness especially considering I’ve used plenty of online services. Yet I still have my concerns, especially regarding the protection of critical sensitive data. Anyways, enough on that subject, I need to get back to studying!