Personal Clouds and Life Management Platforms

Martin Kuppinger, of analyst firm Kuppinger Cole, has an interesting report out titled “Life Management Platforms: Control and Privacy for Personal Data“. In it, he brings together some major technology and social trends to predict an opportunity for individuals to manage their own data, in a privacy-protecting way, while improving interaction with major vendor organizations like insurance companies or car manufacturers.

His thinking is very similar to what led to the idea of Personal Clouds. Whatever its name, it seems the technology pendulum is beginning to swing back from centralization to individual control, which all of us should welcome.