It's been a great four and a half year run at the Enterprise CIO Forum and it comes to an end for me this Friday when I retire.
Yes, I have reached "full retirement age" in the eyes of the Feds so it's time. Sometimes, I refrain from using the 'r' word because I will freelance parttime as a journalist as I feel my way through the next journey.
Is the cloud cheaper than running your own data center and servers? While many agree the cloud is generally the cheaper option, you have to factor in a lot considerations such as the financial impact of losing access to data or a hack. Does cloud make sense for certain apps and not for others? What about bandwidth?
The cost question is not a simple one. On top of that, enterprises move to the cloud for many more reasons - many strategic - than just to save money.
What is the single biggest challenge facing CIOs? In last week's #CIOchat preview, some IT pros cited keeping up with technology and workloads as the most stress producing parts of their jobs. That #CIOchat, by the way, had 44 contributors who cranked out 364 Tweets.
Note in the chart that there is only slight variance between mid-level and senior IT professionals in what they think are their most stressful challenges.
Imagine having thousands of applications to put into the cloud. What are the steps to taking on such a massive project? Well, this is what I told a customer who informed me that he had five thousand apps to migrate into the cloud. I suggested a six step approach.
1) Understand the vision, establish the priorities
I don't agree with David Linthicum's post in InfoWorld that contends the IaaS and PaaS markets will no longer support smaller providers. He also argues that the little guys will have to exit those markets and find something else to do.
While getting into the cloud fast can seem attractive, a deliberate step-by-step approach is the wisest course. Rushing to the cloud without considering all its implications is not a good idea. So here are five steps to consider as you evaluate cloud options.
Companies are adopting the cloud as they realize more and more benefits. Few jump in whole hog based on the cloud hype and there's been plenty of that. Still, as the cloud becomes more mainstream, new terms crop up.
By 2030, the amount of data is forecast to have grown to 1 Yottabyte (a lotta bytes, for sure...think 1 followed by 24 zeroes). That was the prediction of Martin Saddler from HPLabs, who I heard make a presentatation in London a few weeks ago.