As I have mentioned before in Part 1 and Part 2 of this three part series, cloud computing is a particularly important topic for development professionals. In this blog, I will look at sectors where cloud based services are particularly relevant to development professionals and others.
Although “cloud computing” is a hot subject in development, many are still “cloudy” about exactly what it means. Very simply it refers to Internet-based use of programs that are are not installed in your computer. Typically usage of such programs are either free or use a subscription model, thus eliminating or reducing the need for capital investment in technology infrastructure. However much like Web 2.0, the precise definition of cloud computing is still under debate, and as a result it is an over-used term that refers to something that everybody agrees is needed, but no one is quite sure what it is.
Cloud computing has potential development applications not just in the public sector realm but also areas such as health, finance, agriculture and education. Here's a look at some of the development sectors that are being influenced by cloud computing.