Cloud Computing

Blake Lemmons
Hello. More and more I can't help but read about "cloud computing." In fact, I am even attending the Techcrunch roundtable on this next week (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/19/am ... oundtable/). I see the potential of this in many web industries. My company even is slowly adding on more and more tools (just like many others), that it is technically a "cloud computing" web app. But I am curious what everyone thinks about a full cloud computing system for automotive dealers... web management, inventory management, DMS functions, the whole works, hosted online, accessed by desktop and mobile applications alike. Personally, I think this would be a huge boost to what is available now to dealers. Most DMS and web systems are browser or OS specific, you need special VPN to access the network from home, let alone other external locations,
David Book
Hi Blake... Good to hear your going to Mountain View for the TechCrunch gig, maybe we are neighbors? My thoughts on cloud computing and other "remote apps" are a little jaded because I've been such a proponent of this kind of thing for years. I'm a bit extreme when it comes to tech stuff and especially extreme when I think about cloud computing. I don't think it's a matter of IF these types of services are going to be main stream in the auto biz, it's a matter of when. That could be said for any number of industries. There just isn't any valid reason to insist that the loads and loads of data required to support a large scale app should be stored internally on every pc, handlheld, whatever. Apps local, data remote. It's coming and coming fast. Cheers David http://www.mygoaltracking.net
Blake Lemmons
Hi David, Are you headed to the Techcrunch event as well? If so, very cool, nice to see others that work in, or with the automotive industry, keeping up on current and future trends. We have a number of third party companies using our system for their own dealer clients, and you'd be surprised how many just really aren't current on what is happening in web technology in general... sadly, the automotive web space seems to be a bit behind. I am over here in Modesto, CA, just a hop skip and jump from Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.
David Book
nearly done for the night... I went to last years event. Wasn't a cloud computing theme but felt like one. You'll enjoy it. Modesto, neat, I grew up in Elk Grove, a few miles North of you. Not the same these days, the valley as been taken over! The fam and I relocated to the coast about 10 years ago. You are sooooo right about people not staying up on things. Probably the case everywhere. Heck, were still teaching people how to send email ;-) Good luck next week, David
Jared Hamilton
I was looking at the notice on techcrunch the other day thinking of attending. Im not sure if I will make it because I will be in the bay area the following week and I dont know that the cloud computing conference is worth a special trip... but I am certainly interested in who will be presenting and the topics. I think dealers have got a ways to go before they totally embrace the concept of not housing their data. From what I hear many are afraid of the "security" of their data... a lame objection considering most do their banking online. (IMHO) anyhow... cloud computing is the future, it will hit the industry but someone has to break the archaic nature of the current DMS systems for that to happen. on another note, perhaps I should host a small lunch or breakfast meeting when I come to the bay area next for the active network members who are in the area? Even if it was just a few of us it would be fun. Thoughts?
Jared Hamilton
DMS providers make a FORTUNE selling antiquated servers and server maintenance to dealerships for them to host their own stuff. The costs would drop so much for dealers if cloud computing was alive and well in our industry! I dont know if the DMS providers could live without that extra revenue, they would need to do some serious restructuring. It seems there are (and should be more) startups (or smaller DMS systems) looking to create some exciting competition if they can get traction. -sorry for the extra rant. :-0

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