Driving past the local General Practitioners on the way to work the other day, got me thinking about what it might be like to work as a doctor. My mind started comparing duties like looking after patients and prescribing medication, with the jobs of our customers.
Although Medicine and IT are two completely different industries, my mind made the leap to one recent customer story that has made me think they might have more in common that I initially thought.
I love Chinese food. Who doesn’t? And we’re lucky because we’ve got all the options in and around our village. We have a lovely, elegant restaurant in a grade II listed building. We have a nice “eat as much as you like” Chinese buffet restaurant. We have a great takeaway that will also deliver. Which do I prefer? It depends on my requirements.
Well, it is that time of the year again isn’t it? Whether you are an “Apple Fanboy” or a “Google Fandroid”, you are likely watching the tech news and keeping tabs on the endless stream of debate and teasers regarding the latest release from Team iOS. Similarly, we have just seen the release of the new Google Nexus 7—the first device to ship with Android 4.3 out of the box.
Thank you for your comment. I agree it would make you coinsider your options carefully and these are exactly that, they are food for thought to help enable a more rounded tought process to approach prioritising a transition of appropriate services to cloud.
Absolutely! I suppose the situation with cloud is we almost have to consider it like the 5th platform: Mainframe, Mini, Midrange, Distributed, Cloud. For decades we have been engineering services to support the business. As a standard practice we have used criteria (mainly non-functional) to narrow or individuate the platform most optimal for the job at hand. I think Cloud is just the latest platform and we have to consider the pros and cons of it as a delivery vehicle for our service. You are right, the benefits of cloud have to be balanced as they are not exclusively about cost benefit as in price point, but also in the areas you mention that ultimately are the most cost efficient - note not necessarily lowest - option.
Sitting here in front of the TV, a question popped into my head - when is it right to move an application to the cloud? To add further context, what I mean here is how as an IT manager, do you make the decision that a particular service or application would better serve the business delivered from the cloud? What should I think about? I suppose the key things to think about are the following:
1. Security and legislative considerations of data that you are unable to control where and how it is stored.