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Rushing to Use the cloud (NOT)
August 18, 2009 at 12:34 pm #78167
No detail at all but perhaps brings to the table issues that SHOULD be considered when jumping on the hype-wagon...
Rushing To Cloud Computing Can Be Bad
Why Should IT Directors, VPs, CIOs and CEOs Care About Cloud Computing?
Business managers know that in spite of the benefits of every new technology/business model, there are also risks and issues like trust, loss of privacy, regulatory violation, data replication, coherency and erosion of integrity, application sprawl, and dependencies, among others.
Therefore they realize that rushing things when it comes to Cloud Computing can be a very bad decision. However, ignoring Cloud Computing all together, because of a belief in your ability to secure your own environment better than a service provider ever could, or jumping rapidly into it because the many claims made about Cloud Computing have led you to the point of "irrational exuberance" and unrealistic expectations, isn't smart either.
This following articles will contain useful information even if your company (either private company or public organization) has already decided not to use Cloud Computing in the near future. It is likely that unbeknownst to you, some of your departments are already using Cloud Computing, and you will need to define a Cloud Governance Program and make it available to all your internal customers.
For instance, if your company has an IT department, one must agree that it is very tempting for software developers, pressed to demonstrate a proof of concept, to use a Cloud Computing service provider and configure the servers there (in minutes or hours), instead of waiting days or months for new server acquisitions to be approved, delivered, set up by IT, have the network configured, and so on.
Or maybe it is your sales department that decides to go to a Cloud Computing service provider and start using their Cloud Computing CRM immediately, instead of waiting months to have an onpremise CRM program, and you will only become aware of this initiative when they ask to integrate it with the billing and finance programs.
After all, all they need is a credit card (if the cost is low it may well be within the discretionary budget of the department, and in some situations not even a credit card is required because some Cloud offerings are free), to start using any Cloud Computing service immediately, and in true agile fashion, instead of asking permission to use it, they may be asking you for forgiveness after they have already done so...
Also, a relatively young company, without a huge IT infrastructure, will tend to move more quickly to the Cloud, be able to enter and build new "markets" more rapidly, and thus achieve competitive advantages over more traditional businesses.
August 19, 2009 at 10:46 pm #78169
Thanks for this. I think it's also important we look at the social and environmental benefits of cloud computing.
Example social benefit - migrating to a cloud based hosted desktop solution now means that people in SME's can work from the home, office or on the move - importantly it means people can enter their workforce who are physically unable to go to the office - it could be because they live far away or possibly have a disability that restricts them.
Environmental benefit is the obvious of larger servers virtualised to small organisations to share resources is greener - and again because people can split working from home rather than always travel to office is much better. Additionally it offers better agile working practices for people with families or those that have to move away from their office environment to look after their parents as they get older.
All the best
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