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The Big Switch - Rewiring the world from Edison to Google

Ken Sinclair

From time to time my contributing editors give me a poke to stop writing about all that BAS stuff and start reading something real stuff about the forces changing our industry. This time my long time friend and long time contributing editor Jack McGowan has suggested this very good read that will allow you to understand how we got to The Next Big Things

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This was a very well read March article and my Energy Management Canada column. Although in The Next Big Things article I site a span of 4 decades of development in BAS; "The Big Switch" provides insight on how this was all able to happen by opening our views to 10 decades and more of centralization and decentralization struggles and the business models that evolved with each technology change.

The book also brings some clarity to the cloud that has surrounded my head  that I have been trying to tell you about  in my myriad of articles and presentations. It adds clarity to the evolution and compels you to be part of the cloud.

We took Jack's advice and download book to our Kindle and I am now reading on a free iphone kindle app which it seems is the only civilized way to read this book and become part of the the Big Switch  - Ken

Hey;

By the way I am catching up with your excitement about Clouds. You should really read this book between changing's, I will be talking about it in all of my presentations in May.

The Big Switch http://www.nicholasgcarr.com/bigswitch/ download it to your Kindle or order it the old fashioned way.

Jack Mc Gowan, CEM
CEO, Energy Control Inc.
Chairman Emeritus, DOE GridWise Architecture Council State Director / Advisory Council, Galvin Electricity Initiative Office (505) 890 2888 Mobile (505) 263 7930 jackmcgowan@energyctrl.com


a Wall Street Journal bestseller; now in its eighth printing

#4 on Newsweek's list of 50 Books for Our Times

"the best read so far about the significance of the shift to cloud computing" -Financial Times

A hundred years ago, companies stopped generating their own power with steam engines and dynamos and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities didnít just change how businesses operate. It set off a chain reaction of economic and social transformations that brought the modern world into existence. Today, a similar revolution is under way. Hooked up to the Internetís global computing grid, massive information-processing plants have begun pumping data and software code into our homes and businesses. This time, itís computing thatís turning into a utility.

http://www.nicholasgcarr.com/bigswitch/

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