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Enterprise Cloud Adoption: An evolution from infrastructure to services

IMG_1668-corrige.jpgTwo weeks ago I was asked to present at the EuroCloud congress in Luxemburg. After a good discussion with the organizers, I was asked to talk about enterprise cloud adoption. And that’s precisely what I did. You can experience my presentation for yourself at the end of this post.


As usual, I started by doing some research. I was surprised by what I found.  In early October, Patient View released the “European Directory for Health Apps 2012-2013.” I saw with my own eyes that they listed Angry Birds, yes, you read correctly on page 13. The review says “It is a genius app, addictive in a healthy sense, and providing quality mindfulness’ (in the current jargon). Very absorbing. Great for anxiety, in particular, but also for depression.” Well I have to admit, I learned something.


I also found the Everest Group/Cloud Connect research study on enterprise cloud adoption, dated July 2012. The number one use case is test and development, followed by disaster recovery and storage, followed by e-mail/collaboration. I didn’t find anything really surprising there. Most enterprises are looking at flexible infrastructure followed by reduction of time to market in going to the cloud. Where things became interesting is that buyers say reduced time for provisioning applications and infrastructure is the top reason to adopt cloud. While vendors believe it is reduction of TCO (which only comes in fifth place on the buyer side).


The importance of a proper structure

Obviously, security is viewed as a key barrier, but I would argue that the largest barrier probably is the structure of the IT organization. Structure limits the ability to manage end-to-end cloud platforms.


The real question to ask is: Should cloud be used to port existing applications? Or, should it be used to innovate and provide new functionality to the enterprise, its customers and eco-system? I believe the latter provides the most benefits and highlighted that thought in the presentation. I also gave some examples on how this can be done.


Moving beyond technology

Information is quickly becoming of the essence. To grow business and transform the approach of the market you need to understanding what is being said and act quickly. We are still talking about IT, but the emphasis is moving from the “T” to the “I.”


But rather than me telling you all this, why don’t you take a moment to listen to how I brought it to the audience in Luxemburg. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and as usual, don’t hesitate to give me feedback.


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eUkhost | ‎10-23-2012 01:37 PM

Cloud servers are secure you just need to have cloud of your type to have somethign online.

Commodity Tips | ‎01-25-2013 06:22 AM

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City Rockstar | ‎03-27-2013 10:37 AM

Ultimately cloud provides a means of providing scaleabilty and speed. As its widely unkown or misunderstood may businesses opt for dedicated server hosting, because it feels like a tangible purchase - you know where your data and files are.

| ‎03-27-2013 12:06 PM

First, cloud covers several delivery models. We typically group them in 3 categories (private, managed and public). You know very well where your data and files are in both private and managed clouds. There is less transparency in public clouds, I agree, but that is not a reason why you should abandon the advantages of cloud technology (agility and scalability) in favor of a traditional hosting environment.

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Christian is responsible for building services focused on advising clients in their move to cloud, particularly from a business process and ...

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