“Flight attendants, please prepare for takeoff,” are words we have heard as passengers on flights that boldly venture into the clouds. Enterprises go through similar exercises as they selectively transform their landscape of applications into the Cloudscape of services — a new word mentioned in this HP newsletter on evolving to the New Style of IT (featuring Gartner research). Cloudscape represents a well-defined fabric of applications, solutions, and service providers across the right mix of cloud environments. Not all mobile contraptions are meant to “take-off” into the clouds. Similarly, the newsletter asserts, only certain applications are best suited for the Cloudscape.
To realize the full potential of the Cloudscape, enterprises must address key questions raised in this newsletter. Here are my observations on these:
1. How do we secure the data and applications that we want to host in the Cloud? Guess who is responsible for cloud security in the Cloudscape? Cloud is a catalyst bringing increased focus to existing vulnerabilities. Proactive risk management techniques are vital for enterprises looking to stay ahead in the game of security. Having a secure landscape is good; having a secure cloudscape is priceless.
2. Which applications and workloads are suitable for migrating to the Cloud? The Cloud is not the right answer for all applications. It is a business decision that drives the services and enabling application components best suited for the Cloud. Applications not wired to take advantage of the Cloud are better left alone in traditional environments.
3. How do we successfully govern and manage across the IT landscape that is now a hybrid mesh of traditional IT and multiple cloud services? Governance has been around long before the Cloudscape. However, cloudscape introduces additional challenges that require the CIO's to combat the consumerization of IT. Which is why cloud governance needs a standard framework of reference.
4. How does cloud help us improve our IT Services ROI to reinvest capital in projects that better support the business and growth strategy? Forbes blogger Joe McKendrick asserts that tracking the Cloud ROI could be elusive. The right mechanisms must be in place to effectively track cloud ROI to continually validate the effectiveness of the cloudscape.
Those are my observations on the questions raised in this newsletter.
20th century Fox CIO John Herbert recently introduced the term Journey Management, which means to manage the transformation to the Cloud, executing a roadmap to get to the future state (cloudscape) from the current state (landscape). Having the right partners (a Transformation GPS) is vital to building a better enterprise together, using this roadmap.
5. My question: How can enterprises revitalize the skill sets of their employees to effectively adapt to the Cloudscape? Here are my answers:
How about you? How are you addressing these issues in your cloudscape? How are you ensuring that the right applications are cleared for take-off?
Please let me know.