Lateral Solutions’ MD speaks at Inventors Association WA about Cloud Computing
The speakers’ topic of this month’s meeting at the Inventors Association WA
was Cloud Computing. Yesterday evening approximately 30 people in the audience listened to our Managing Director Thushara Weerakody who elaborated a definition, using an analogy of power from the grid; he presented benefits such as scalability, an improved cash-flow and location-independent accessibility on the one hand and addressed concerns such as security issues on the other hand. These can be combated by various types of encryption, “so that even the NSA cannot access the information – yet”. The traditional belief that stationary servers are more secure than the cloud is not valid if you think of natural disasters such as bushfires or floods.
He continued with examples of cloud-hosted platforms that can help inventors at various stages in their
process; such as the specialised search engine www.google.com/patents which helps searching for existing patents , the intellectual property management platform IPfolio and oDesk, a platform that connects to and manages professionals globally.
Thushara concluded with examples of Cloud-based services we are using at Lateral in our workaday life, such as the cloud-hosted accounting platform Xero where we recently switched to. Windows Azure and Amazon Web Service were other examples we have been using when we develop mobile apps for our clients.
In the following Q&A session the audience avidly used the chance to ask questions.
We hope we shed some light in the discussions around the buzz word Cloud Computing and are open for any other questions that occur. Contact us on (08) 9388 5318.
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Lateral Solutions’ Managing Director Thushara Weerakody speaks at Inventors Association WA about Cloud Computing