Want a clue on what’s next from IBM in cloud computing? Then take note that Dennis Quan, the guy behind IBM’s cloud computing partnership with Google, recently moved into IBM Tivoli’s development group. His new assignment tells a lot about the challenges IBM sees ahead. Quan is director of development in IBM’s Autonomic Computing division. Autonomic computing refers to highly adaptive, self-managing distributed computing systems. In other words, it’s got a lot in common with cloud computing, and Quan tells me that one of the things he’s working on is aligning IBM’s work in these two areas.