My question would be who drives cloud computing in most enterprises? This post assumes IT does. In this week's #CIOchat, we ask who drives cloud computing in most organizations - the business side or IT. Here's the preview post.
Increasingly, the cloud is looking like more of business decision in the enterprise than one driven by IT.
Said one vendor executive in a story at CIO.com about federal CIOs wanting more assurances in software license agreements: "I think it's imperative that the decision isn't just handed to the IT team. It can't just be an IT decision."
What's amazing is that some companies don't follow this common sense advice. It boils down to a culture of discipline and the people. What's interesting is that some of top research firms are pushing "faith-base apps" where you take a chance (not religious apps) and bypass the usual vetting. Where is the break between two much study and analysis and just doing it?
I promised you a part II to my 2015 predictions and here they are. In part I, I focused largely on the cloud and many of its moving parts. I am a little more expansive here. As always, let me know what you think.
How can you match up the promise of the cloud with the twin goals of reducing costs and enhancing customer responsiveness? From afar, it seems easy, but reality can be entiurely another matter. Here are a few pointers to help you accomplish your goals as you transition to the environment of the future.
Start by developing your future target environment
It’s all about “Platform as a Service” these days. But juxtaposed to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), what does PaaS mean, and how do you make the right choice for a given application? I see at least two different kind of PaaS environments addressing different scenarios and needs. It’s important, when embarking on the development and/or migration of an application to a cloud environment, to thoroughly think through which PaaS environment to use.
Infrastructure teams tend to think shorter term and as a consequence are often ill-suited to lead cloud migrations. How do I know? I've had contact with three customers recently where the marching orders were to move quickly and invest as little as possible in the migration. The goal was to reduce costs move by shuttering data centers and manage multiple suppliers.