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?
My longtime friend and colleague Charlie Cooper (@coopeydoop) suggested the following #CIOchat question a few weeks ago: "How long before CIOs lose their fears about the security in moving their data to the cloud?"
It's a good question, but I anticipated many of the CIOs in our weekly #CIOchat would respond that no one in the enterprise should ever lose their fears about security. The inference of the question as constructed is that adopting the cloud outweighs security concerns.
When you say cloud requires new skills and knowledge, I assume that means within IT, not the user community. How aware should users be that they are in the cloud or should it simply be transparent to the users of the cloud apps?
Google’s Panda (aka Farmer) is now in version 3.0 and it continues to cause noticeable effects on Google pagerank and web site rankings and in turn search results and site traffic ever since it began in February. That is why CIO’s must be engaged directly on enterprise search, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) instead of leaving it to the marketing department.
The decision to lease vs. buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO’s and CFO’s get tangled in the buy vs. lease decision prematurely which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.
We have IT cartels! Really? Well at least that is according to outgoing US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in his remarks before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Vivek said in his remarks before the council “that we almost have an IT cartel within federal IT” which is served by “very few companies” who benefit from government spending “because they understand the procurement process better than anyone else.”
Amazon has released AWS GovCloud as its latest cloud offering aimed at addressing the highly specialized need of government agencies subject to export control regulations. The AWS GovCloud offering allows US government agencies to purchase existing AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Simple Storage Solution (S3), and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) services that are maintained in physically and logically separated areas.