I’m sorry… You just figured this out?

Both employers and employees may be surprised to find that employee created blog posts, YouTube, LinkedIn profiles, Facebook profiles, and even tweets to companies. Yes, even those personal pictures you took last Friday with your loved ones could belong to your employer. Why is this? Employees sign employment contracts that may indicate that all intellectual property created during employment may be owned by the company…

C’mon… These kinds of policies regarding work time and work equipment aren’t new. That’s why you’re supposed to READ the policies before you sign on the dotted line.

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ZDNet: How did IT fall so far behind the tech curve?

There is a fundamental mismatch between what enterprise IT is good at and what is happening on the Internet. For investment projects, IT organizations typically spend six to eight years from initial conceptualization through selling, planning, testing and implementation of the first release.  Project cycles, life spans and frequencies of Internet-related developments (and consumer-related product or service introductions) are radically different.

Gartner is (characteristically) playing up technology discontinuities as if they’re new things; as if they’re supposed to be surprising or demoralizing. Please.

I remember the days when the PC (and Mac) arrived in corporations alongside green screen terminals. I remember when laser printers and inkjets arrived. These were tremendously disruptive to the “Data Processing” departments and leaders. It put power in the hands of the users instead of keeping it under centralized control.

When PDAs were on the rise — with Pocket PC and Palm devices flourishing — it was a huge mess, especially in the medical sector, as security of data became a major issue and the devices were often bought by employees and not companies. Same thing today with iPhones, Gmail, social media, etc.

So yeah, there are changes afoot, many of them huge, but it’s not something new. IT departments are the new DP departments. It’s natural to cycle from disruption to stability to disruption and back again.

And by the way, why the hell is Gartner listing software as a service and cloud computing separately? Yes, there can be differences, but really you’re talking about utility computing. They’re effectively the same for most businesses, especially since most do *not* run “clouds” or SaaS internally.

I don’t know who’s more lame in this situation — Gartner for pointing it out (someone’s apparently new to business technology) or ZDnet (for reporting it so breathlessly).

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Google be Praised! Google Docs now has Shared folders

To share a group of items, all you have to do is put them all into a folder and share the folder. As you’d expect, if you add an item to a shared folder, it will automatically be shared and if you add someone to an existing shared folder, they will instantly get access to all of the folder’s content.

Google Docs is already an awesome online document sharing tool. But the addition of Shared Folders makes a great tool indispensable. Now instead of sharing doc by doc by doc, you just share a whole folder of whatever you like.

Perfect for projects with related documents and groups that span 2 or more organizations.

Microsoft keeps improving their Office Live service, too, but Google’s got them beat on ease-of-use (though Google could still stand some sizable improvements).

Say what you will about cloud computing, but this kind of incremental development is what makes the cloud so compelling.

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Does the Sidekick collapse prove cloud computing sucks?

Microsoft’s Danger SideKick data loss casts dark on cloud computing (AppleInsider.com)

NO.

You would think no one has ever lost data on a home computer in a crashed hard drive or in a virus outbreak.

You would think no corporation has ever lost data internally due to faulty backups that were assumed to be good.

You would think that as soon as the Internet is involved, it’s all bad and could never be good.

Let’s get real. The Microsoft/Danger/T-Mobile disaster is indeed a disaster, especially for those folks that did not maintain local syncs of their data regularly.

But it’s not because “cloud computing sucks.” It’s because multiple people fouled up what should have been a routine restore from backup. Their procedures were bad, they were arrogant — whatever it is, “mistakes were made” and the users (paying customers, no less) are taking it in the shorts.

Does Gmail go down? Yes. Does Twitter go down? Yes. Do people lose data in hacking and virus attacks? Yes. The list goes on. So I guess we should just shutdown the Internet and go back to clay tablets and papyrus reed styli, huh?

The articles about this disaster will go on for weeks. This story will be remembered as one of the biggest of 2009 (and it is). But to say this will stop cloud computing developments or scare people off is nuts.

This story illustrates the need for a regular and fully tested backup plan for both provider and user. It means you should not put all your eggs in one basket.

But. We. Already. Knew. That.

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