Worthens right that were moving into a new era of business computing. Modular utility services will eventually displace most of the complex, proprietary systems that companies and their IT vendors have painstakingly and often painfully constructed over the last fifty years. And business computing, as it slowly frees itself from its client-server shackles, will indeed become easier, faster and cheaper. Ive called it the end of corporate computing, meaning that most of the computing assets traditionally owned and maintained by individual corporations will come to be owned and maintained by outside utility suppliers.
But what will Googles role be in the future of business IT? Thats much less clear. Worthens correct to point out that Google, unencumbered by a legacy architecture, has been able to build a utility computing infrastructure thats far more advanced than what any big enterprise IT vendor can at this point offer. Where things become dicey is in figuring out how adaptable that infrastructure – and Google’s business model – will prove to be in supplying the computing needs of businesses.