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Modern Lifestyle – Cloud in everyday use

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Spending time on the Internet and sharing your data with other people carries many different influences on you and the world around you. While we are all dealing with the ways and methods form improving the technical aspects and practicality of the cloud data storage itself, there are not too many social studies about the influence of the online virtual space.

Language

One of the first things that is more than obvious when it comes to modern lifestyle and the impact of the cloud in everyday use is the question of the language. You did not necessarily have to be exposed either to the net or any sort of online data storage service and you have most probably heard some terms such as the verb to google or nouns such as chatroom or post (and not in terms of that traditional company that sends real letters). And not to mention the popularity that the verb to like has gained since the Facebook geeks chose it to be their word of approval. While earlier people were emotionally attached and they used to attach tangible things one to another, today we mostly use the verb to attach when we talk about sending e-mails.

So, the cloud and the whole system of the Internet are changing everyday language use more than we are aware.

Social contacts

Some fifteen or twenty years ago pubs and bars would be swarming with people between 5pm and 8 pm. Today, however, instead of dropping by to the local cafe for a pint of beer and a round of chat with your mates, you usually hurry home to check if someone has liked any of your posts, statuses or pictures. Although we still have not completely lost the sense of real, genuine social contact and emotional belonging, that concept has turned online to a great extent. On the other hand, people who have poor social skills and low social intelligence have greeted such a development with excitement and joy. Now they are able to make social contacts via social networks, which is a very positive process for them.

Increasing knowledge

Maybe the cloud and virtual space have brought some social irregularities (not necessarily anomalies), the education process has never been easier and we have never been so exposed to different sort of information and various kinds of knowledge. Whatever you think of doing, you can find all the steps and procedures on any of video streaming sites. Someone has already made a video for you and your task is only to watch and copy what they do. Apart from everyday house works or tips for making different repairs, you can apply for numerous courses and lectures given by professors and lecturers from well-known universities. What is more, you can even finish online courses and get a perfectly valid certificate both in virtual space and in the real world. Primary and secondary school teachers have started sharing additional material for practice via e-mails or social networks and students enjoy learning via the Internet, where everything can be shown and exemplified immediately.

The world wide web and the concept of cloud have changed the world around us to a really high level. Although being online can drag us to a completely wrong and useless direction, it can be also used in most positive and self-improving ways. It is up to us what road we are going to take.

Author’s bio: Dan Radak is passionate lover of cloud technologies and dedicated servers, also web writer and co-author on several technology websites, like Crucial, Australian hosting reseller. In his free time he’s digging through web in search for a perfect manga art.

Gartner’s Forecast on SaaS Revenue Report

In the past three years, it has been noticed that the market for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), one of the important part of cloud computing has thrived. According to the Gartner’s research, the SaaS area will make a revenue of $14.5M in the year 2012, which simply means that compare compared to the last year there is a boost of about 17.9%.

In the coming three years, the worldwide SaaS revenue will hit $22.1B, due to increased interest in adopting cloud computing and cloud hosting services. “The increasing friendliness with the SaaS model and the growing use of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has contributed to increased interest of technology adoption” says Gartner’s Research Director, Sharon Mertz. The more widespread use is due to the implementation of horizontal applications, methods of virtual work and initiatives shown in the Web 2.0, (i.e. communicators to access email online).

In Latin America, however, a fearful market has been noticed in the face of global opportunities. This year, it is predicted that it will generate a revenue of about $419.7M, which is an increase of 26% year on year.

The most popular and widely used applications are email, financial management, sales automation and CRM control and corporate spending. The adoption of Latin America must be led by Mexico and Brazil, as per Gartner, especially they need to focus on packaged solutions for Content, Communications and Collaboration (CCC), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

To get an idea of the difference between the market of Latin America and other regions, the Gartner’s revenue forecast in North America has reached to U.S. $9.1B in 2012 compared to $7.8B consolidated last year. Today, North America is considered as the most advanced user of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), particularly in spreadsheet applications, office suite and other online software’s. The virtual programs used for video conferencing are one of the elements that has drawn attention to the region.