The technology-enabled business services industry is obsessed with buzz words. In reality, this is nothing new for organizations that provide or consume these services, as it is considered part of daily operations. If you’re involved in technology in the Learning and Development (L&D) space, terms like Web 2.0, Social Media, Informal Learning, Portal, Personalization, Virtualization and Software as a Service (SaaS) have now become part of your strategic L&D roadmap discussions. You could say that as soon as organizations align technology with business objectives, the market presents alternative mechanisms to accomplish these objectives better and more efficiently. Case in point—cloud computing.
As is the case with other technology-related jargon, it may be difficult to come up with a clear, precise definition for cloud computing. Actually applying the description to real-world examples may be even more challenging.