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Interview with Dr Alea Fairchild (@AFairch), Cofounder of The Constantia Institute

January 7, 2013

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

Alea Fairchild is the cofounder of The Constantia Institute, a Brussels-based technology policy think-tank. Check out her work blog or catch her on Twitter.

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Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I am a cross between an analyst, a consultant and an academic, which sounds like one of those bad “three men in a boat” jokes.  I started my career in technology market analysis in the late 1980s at Dataquest with the great Hal Feeney (one of the Intel 8008 processor designers), moved later to my own technology consultancy company, which also did due diligence work for a number of VCs, and then I got my PhD in Information Economics in 2001, so I also teach at a graduate business program in Brussels.  All three skill sets help me do my research in my particular niche.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your firm and their interest in the cloud.   

I cofounded The Constantia Institute in 2007 when I realized that there was a market niche that was absent in the marketplace.  Lots of analyst firms cover product introductions and make product comparisons, but in my view, the relevance of technology trends, its innovative impact on business and society, and its governance were not examined in any depth by either analyst firms or consultancies. I use the term “think tank” because we actually think past the short term and examine consequences and issues. Cloud is a game changer for many aspects, including collaboration, regulation, data protection, governance, privacy, device usage and service provisioning. Let’s face it; governmental involvement in cloud – whether it be localized with the UK CloudStore or the EU’s attempts at regulation – is a sure sign that cloud is now mainstream.

Q. What’s hot in the cloud this year? 

Mobile, social and collaborative are the three consumer drivers for cloud, and all cause enterprise-sized headaches. And for businesses, it is about Read the rest of this entry ?

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