This series of blog posts makes several contributions to the study of the Mirroring Hypothesis in cloud computing.

I uncover the extent to which mirroring of communication ties to cloud computing services is relevant to the development and adoption of cloud computing.

I discuss the effect that cloud computing has on the IT departments of organizations attempting to adopt cloud services and recommend a strategy to avoid the pitfalls revealed within the data.

I propose recommendations and predictions for the development and adoption of cloud computing (next section) being implemented in a mirrored fashion.

I highlight the importance of OSS culture and practice within cloud computing teams that mirror their technical services. The Information Systems literature deals extensively with OSS culture, ideology and technical practice, and my research hints at the possibility that these same values may apply to closed source cloud computing development.

I highlight a risk inherent in cloud computing development projects that rely on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). There is a risk of project failure when projects are transitioning to SOA in the early stages of their development and roll out.

My series of blog posts is limited by sample size due to the limited time available. I have limited myself to areas of research that are particulary applicable to Snapfix. Due to the limited time available to me only a subset of potential data sources can be sampled. These are academic journals, industry podcasts and other technical blog posts.

My series of posts are also limited by methodology. My coding and classification are subjective and rely on my experience as a Computer Scientist, Software Engineering Manager and CTO and on the guidance of experienced industry practitioners, thought leaders and scholars whom I have relied on while structuring my research. The coding and classification process may miss some patterns that would emerge within additional primary research. I can only express the most common patterns found in the literature.

There may be a bias within some blog posts which favours research of more novel ideas. This is due to my natural tendency towards the state of the art in Computer Science, Software Engineering and quantative fields in general. I’ve done my best to take these biases into consideration when making decisions in the best interest of Snapfix. For example, the emergence of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) may lead to increased focus within the literature in this area and a skewed view of the true industrial landscape. Finally, the data on open collaboration within teams developing cloud computing services is limited.

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