The ability to calculate the ROI of cloud computing is not a simple exercise, as most people would prefer to think. In order to truly understand the business value when adopting cloud computing (public, private, or hybrid), we require a complex and dynamic analysis.
It has flipped the conerns of putting data into the cloud from being abut data loss or the vendor and their preventions for being hacked to concern the vendor has given taps to the government and how that data is being used.
It has also changed the discussion for that of possibilities (what could go wrong) to one of certanties (we know they are).
Reaching the executive suite can be an exciting milestone but, like a sports team who is rated #1, without adequate preparation and continuous growth, you won’t stay there long. For those who make it to the “C-suite” and stay there, leadership skills become far more important than the technical prowess that may have first attracted the attention of their peers and managers. One of the main reasons many CIOs fail in the executive role is they are technicians who have been thrust into a corporate leadership role as a “reward” for their technical accomplishments.
Identifying workloads to move to the cloud can be challenging. I personally believe that every company has the ability to migrate most of their existing business to the cloud, but before doing so, it’s necessary to complete a proper assessment of your applications and the requirements needed to support them.
The charity sector is one of the slowest sectors to implement cloud computing, but the good news is that they are now taking advantage of the benefits of cloud. According to the “Third sector reaches for the cloud” report, almost half of the charity representatives (42%) said their companies had used software as a service (SaaS) based applications over the past 12 months and 39% admitted they hadn’t considered cloud as a solution at all.
According to IDC, the global market for private cloud computing is expected to increase by 60% and reach 12 billion dollars by 2014, and approximately 44% of companies consider implementing a private cloud solution.
A great amount of companies have outsourced their IT services and infrastructure to the cloud providers in the past few years. And the trend is just at the beginning - many IT teams will have their responsibilities diminished or even eliminated in the following years.
As I stated a few months ago in one of the articles on my blog, DaaS would have been one of the hot topics in 2013. And the main reason for that is owed to the fact that Desktop as a Service is considered to be the ideal platform for cloud computing in small and medium-sized businesses.