Cloud Computing Goes Mainstream

For years, the magazines on aircraft have played a significant role in the direction of technology. Many an executive have returned from a flight brim with interest in an article they read in the airline’s complementary magazine.

For years, the business world has used the Big Mac Index as a financial indicator. Published by The Economist, The Big Mac Index seeks to simplify exchange-rate theory in terms mainstream can understand.

In juxtaposition to indicators, technology articles in airline magazines signal the acceptance into the mainstream.

The May issue of Continental (Continental Airline’s in-flight magazine) contains a cover story on Cloud Computing.

What is interesting is that it’s not a buried story, but rather a cover story right of the front of the publication. Hewlett Packard’s Russ Daniels explains the cloud and how it can be leveraged.

For those that have not been asked about cloud computing already, this is a mass-market way that is sure to cause a new wave of interest.

Tim Crawford is ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Chief Information Technology Officers (#4), Top 100 Most Social CIOs (#7), Top 20 People Most Retweeted by IT Leaders (#5) and Top 100 Cloud Experts and Influencers. Tim is a strategic CIO & advisor that works with large global enterprise organizations across a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, major airlines and high-tech. Tim’s work differentiates and catapults organizations in transformative ways through the use of technology as a strategic lever. Tim takes a provocative, but pragmatic approach to the intersection of business and technology. Tim is an internationally renowned CIO thought leader including Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT). Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics and National Semiconductor. Tim is also the host of the CIO In The Know (CIOitk) podcast. CIOitk is a weekly podcast that interviews CIOs on the top issues facing CIOs today. Tim holds an MBA in International Business with Honors from Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Golden Gate University.

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