Economic Development Edition Shortlist

One Year or Less

Two to Three Years

Four to Five Years

Topic Description

Cloud Computing - access computing virtually over the network. Private and public clouds providing service access is ubiquitous, private or public clouds are essentially trusted "utilities" that are under the control of individual enterprises.

Relevant Applications for Small to Medium Businesses

  • Web Applications (social media and virtual worlds)
  • Software as a Service (SAP,
  • Software plus Services (desktop software)


Please list 2-3 specific examples of this technology or practice. Each example must include a full URL link to a web resource that either describes or demonstrates the example (the example does not have to be a business use case).
  • 1) Storage/access to the Internet/Apps that may be accessed remotely without any capital investment. Large businesses such as Amazon have made the capital and IP investments to support their own operations and have uncovered excess capacity. Cloud computing from Amazon and other providers has resulted out of an intent to monetize their investment outside of their core business model. Cloud computing enables rapid expansion for businesses to meet the demands of growing a business without the traditional, attendant hardware/software costs. Essentially it is a pay as you go model - critical in today‚Äôs economic climate.
  • 2) Key to small/mid-size business adoption and optimization is understanding and piloting of cloud computing. A key benefit of cloud computing is that businesses may incrementally implement cloud computing in myriad ways uncovering the best fit for their business model/operations.


Please list 2-3 articles, blog posts, or papers that explain the technology or practice. Each reading should include the title of the item, the link to the item on the web, and a brief (one-two sentence) annotation indicating what kind of resource it is and what it talks about.