The cloud gets mobile apps moving

Immediately after Hurricane Sandy tore through New York City in October 2012, city officials needed a quick way to show the damage that had been done to streets and infrastructure.

They needed an app -- and they needed it immediately.

For a quick turnaround, Cordell Schachter, chief technology officer at New York City's Department of Transportation, asked his crew to stop work being done on what was eventually to be a street excavation permit app and had programmers repurpose it to...

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