Great point Ron. Transparency is the key to accountable leadership. Successful CIOs communicate effectively in"360 degrees" to those above them in the organization as well as to their peers and their employees. When people don't know or understand what you are doing, they usually assume the worst!
There has been a lot of talk about cloud automation, what it is and how to know if it’s the solution for you. Cloud automation is a must have for all cloud environments, and gives you advantages over companies that don’t have this technology by providing automatic scaling and simple infrastructure management.
Cloud storage is easy to come by these days, and there are many fluffy options up there in the proverbial sky. Maybe you need unlimited storage, or maybe you need a free service to store your data. However, the best cloud storage providers give you more than just storage. They offer availability, multi-platform support, security, app integration, and more. Here’s a list of the popular cloud storage apps and what they can do for you.
In today’s business world agility is everything. Clever businesses are discovering that a cloud-app strategy pushes the concept of collaboration, improving workflow and idea sharing among the office, while remote workers are taking productivity to new levels. Requiring only a web browser interface, cloud-based apps paired with a communication-centric device are prompting companies to update how their employees communicate, collaborate and stay productive.
Whether you are pursuing cloud computing for the sake of convenience, added security, economic reasons or all of the above, it’s worth asking: What are the capabilities and what are the limitations when it comes to the cloud?
The 21st century business person has to accept the fact that many of our assets and means of production are being wrapped up by the digital tendrils of the information age. But no matter the era, the timeless truth remains: knowledge is power, sometimes you just have to know what questions to ask.
As cloud computing becomes an increasingly important part of any IT organization’s delivery model, assessing and selecting the right cloud provider also becomes one of the most strategic decisions that business leaders undertake. The accumulation of the necessary data to base cloud buying decisions is often achieved in production, or reproduction models mainly as paid customer engagements or trial engagements – which often occurs AFTER the major decisions have been made in the sales process.
In a world where everyone is becoming more interested in cloud computing, I believe that awareness regarding the potential and scope of cloud has significant importance. I often hear questions like: “What specific value will cloud computing bring to my business?”, “Which areas of my business will benefit most?”, “What new opportunities does it present?”, “How do those benefits and opportunities translate to the bottom line?”, “How much will it cost?”, “Should I even invest in it?”. And my answer is almost always “you need a cloud assessment”.