Last week I participated in the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. The CIO Symposium is an annual one-day conference on the MIT campus, now in its sixth year, “where CIOs and other senior business executives from around the world gather to explore how leading-edge academic research and innovative technologies can help address the challenges faced in today’s changing economy.” The theme of this year's Symposium was Sustaining CIO Leadership in a Changing Economy.
The MIT Symposium consisted mostly of interactive panel discussions, including broad audience participation. Two key themes kept recurring throughout all the panels and discussions. One was cloud computing, the other was the evolving role of the CIO.
As is typically the case, panelists used somewhat different definitions of cloud computing, as they each talked about clouds from his/her own point of view. This is what you would expect if you agree with the view that cloud computing refers not to any one product or service, but to an emerging model of computing beyond the centralized and client-server models of past decades.