The Disruptive Effect of the Personal Cloud

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Summary

We are entering a new era of personal computing which we refer to as the personal cloud. Personal cloud functions and services will not replace the PC or other devices, but will augment them as the online location where consumers keep their content and access it on a contextual basis.

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  • Analysis
    • Consumers are moving from a world centered around devices such as the PC, to personal cloud services as the center of their digital lives. Ecosystems are now more important than any single device or platform.
    • Failing to adequately deal with the synchronization of consumer content from device to device and location to location will lead consumers to abandon a personal cloud service
    • Personal cloud apps and services require ubiquitous connectivity to exploit their full potential
  • Recommended Reading
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