Obsession for the session & no more

I am in love.  No...I am obsessed.  I have been accused,
inaccurately, of loving this object because it was one of the few
tangible Sun branded "THINGs" sitting on my desk rather than the
trickier stuff going on back in the data center.  Sorry to disappoint,
but that ain't it.


Hello.  My name is Michelle Finneran Dennedy & I love thin client computing.  


I
never have professed to be a technology savant-- far from it.  I have,
however learned a thing or three about the gear gathering & pumping
out data faster than we can produce oxygen.  Here's the thing, having a
data strategy and information asset plan is a beautiful thing.  A
breathtakingly beautiful thing (to float with the oxygen notion for a
moment more). 


But, like the rain forest, I've never personally
seen one up close & personal.  Sure I've seen drafts & pictures
& plans but the truth of the matter is that information integrity
is a bit like clean water.  Big oceans cover much of the planet but
potable water is a somewhat scare resource.  Big fat data centers are
growing & growing & growing-- thank God because I rather like
being employed-- but information protected well & wielded as an
asset is an increasingly lower percentage of the total and I don't see
that problem slackening.


I love this problem & will likely continue to pursue the
resolution of this problem either for the rest of my days or as soon as
we architect integrity & humanity into every data transaction
throughout it's life cycle-- whichever comes first.


In sneaks my obsession for the thin client.  Our version is called the Sun Ray.  We've partnered with others like CSC &
even IBM to bring these babies to market all around the world.  See
http://www.csc.com/features/stories/26785-liberate_your_team_with_csc_anywhere_desktop


We
have never audited the data on the Sun Ray device itself.  40,000+ of
these babies all over the world just in our company alone and not a
drop of data resting on any of them.  No plans to delete stuff-- it's
not there;  No need to review cast off gear-- there's nothing on it; 
Move around all you like & reuse & reuse & reuse machines--
your identity stays with you & not on the gear;  The server based
compute utility providers (could be internal, could be a service
provider) secure the data and manage the data assets-- not every single
user using every single device with individual technology awareness
must protect the entire system.  You get the drift.  I'm a fan.


This
type of technique becomes particularly interesting for the consumer of
information services who is simply doing that...consuming information
services.  It's awfully nice to be able to go to a device, get the
information nugget, move away from the device with the information in
head & not worry about any residual hackable non-managed data
residue. If I could have a thin client phone that actually was reliable
enough to NOT cart my data everywhere, I'd fall in love with that too. 
("Smart phone" inventors, here's your consumer sample size of 1 but I
don't think I'm alone.)


If you are thinking about a cloud strategy or consuming a cloud
service to deliver content, thin clients are a pretty cool little
number to add to your plan. 


Hello.  My name is Michelle Finneran Dennedy & I'm a data geek who loves thin client computing. 

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