Rob Irwin, Altium
EETimes (3/22/2011 8:05 PM EDT)
It seems that everywhere you turn these days you’re under a cloud. Whether it’s downloading tunes for your iPod, reading your Gmail, or backing up your precious photographic memories to that great big storage bucket in the sky – the vast array of networked devices we call ‘The Cloud’ is a growing presence in our lives.
From an end-user perspective, the changes often appear subtle – books magically appear on your Kindle, and you no longer need a massive portable hard drive on which to back up your system. But this simplicity belies the incredible sophistication of the back-end systems that make it all happen. And that’s where engineers, software developers, and designers come in. They are the ones who are tasked with building not only ever-more sophisticated devices, but increasingly a complete online ecosystem to which these devices connect and derive much of their functionality and value.
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