Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, Sun Microsystems, Bill Gates, Microsoft, HP, and the rest of the tech companies claiming to have invented cloud computing - didn't. Please read below.
Me the Inventor
I started inventing way back in 1980 and this article is a testimonial to a lot of obstacles, liars, and thieves that most honest inventors face.
In the beginning of the pre-cloud days I sat and had thoughts of a enterprise that spanned the globe. This realization of a cloud network came to me since I worked at a very large telecommunications company and was in a network supporting role as an consultant for a well known financial company. Upon hearing from end users that software should be free since they could not afford the price tag on most software (Microsoft), especially since they only needed to write a document/spreadsheet every now and then, I dwelled on how there could be a better way.
The date was April of 1997. But the idea was formulating for several years before I decided to do something about it.
Being the innovator that I am, I put on my thinking cap and decided to brain-think this one out.
I realized that most end users could not afford the luxury of owning software but they did have Internet connections. The answer was to have them connect to servers that housed versions of the software that they needed.
I pondered and developed this architecture in my mind and searched the Patent and Trademark office for any similar ideas. I found nothing in comparison or even remotely close.
I drafted on paper what would be a network sharing system that composed of servers that the end user could connect to and share software located on those servers. Maybe even share those files with family, friends, coworkers.
Those first ideas and drawings of this new architecture would help the end users who only needed to access software once in a while and create value for them.
This is when I also decided that I needed to seek legal advice and do something about it. I consulted with my very funny Asian friend Artie who was a project manager from the same telecommunication company and he gave me some insights. I even contacted Bill Gates ex fiancee for investment purposes. She was part of an investment firm (Hummer Winblad Venture Partners) and sent an advisory email to them that my Asian buddy suggested.
They (Hummer Winblad Venture Partners) basically had my idea since they needed to know what it was before they could invest. So in this email (which I still have) I gave them the whole layout of what this architecture would be.
While the inventor inside of me knew the technical process my buddy at the time explained the business process.
At the time I could not afford a patent so I mailed the idea and drawings to myself (July 31, 1997).
This was an inexpensive way to mark the beginning of my innovative design and process. Having a background and education in network engineering I knew that this idea would be a success but I needed a legal patent so I would receive recognition in a patentable legal way.
"Cloud computing allows computer users to conveniently rent access to fully featured applications, to software development and deployment environments, and to computing infrastructure assets such as network-accessible data storage and processing."
The "Unfaithful" Day
Then the "unfaithful" day came when I approached the lawyers to seek help in obtaining a legal patent. (David McCoy and Stephen J. Driscoll)
This is where it all turned sour, since both lawyers took the idea to IBM and Marc Benioff and basically stole innovation.
When trying to contact Benioff, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and the list goes on and on, they just ignore the fact but in my heart I know what is true.
Microsoft turned the idea into SharePoint and other software platforms and the rest of the tech world is flying high on innovating into this wonderful and beautiful world of the cloud.
But one thing that stands true is that I was the original inventor/innovator of the cloud infrastructure. I trusted people and they let me down.
Of course being innovative I have many more ideas and will pursue on. As innovation is what keeps me going and happy in this life. And isn't that what we all want - to be happy.
At times I think about how I could have been able to afford a better lifestyle because of my ingenuity and have helped whomever needed it; such as my family and friends, the less fortunate, homeless charities, educational help for those who need it, humanitarian needs, philanthropy, etc.
In the end I learned that you need to protect your ideas better from thieves. Especially scoundrel lawyers and tech wannabes who don't even know what a DOS prompt is.
Below are the copies of all my work. I have not opened the envelope since I mailed it to myself in July of 1997 - way before any innovation hit Microsoft or IBM or Oracle or HP or any other tech company.
If you have read this far I thank you for your time and energy. I will keep on inventing and innovating as this is my true life's calling.
I have several witnesses to this invention and this site will remain up for a very long time. I also have had people suggest that I should sue and that they would help. Which I may do very soon.
I have scanned and documented this invention from initial concept in the early 90's. Click on pictures to see more:
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1. Microsoft Certified Professional 2. Masters of Science in Information Systems with Honors 3. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Honors 4. Certified Novell Administrator