Building a cloud is not just a technology problem. Actually, I would argue that the technology aspect is the easiest part. Setting up an organization that is service oriented and maximizes the potential of the cloud is critical. If you have an existing IT department and want to migrate to cloud (whether your own, a hybrid or third party), you have to transform your IT organization drastically, evolving from an infrastructure to a service focused organization. But how do you do that. Here are 6 key characteristics and a couple ideas on how to start.
More and more articles point to the uptake of cloud in enterprises. And, if I believe the interactions I have with CIOs, it is definitely the case. The big question is whether to go private or public cloud. That, in my mind, is the wrong question. I’ve already mentioned several times that “one size does not fit all” when we talk about the cloud. We are, and will be for the forcible future, in a hybrid world. The use of shadow-IT by business people actually illustrates that perfectly.
While proposing services from multiple providers, IT is looking to give their users a single point of access, shielding complexity. How could they do that? Well I believe there is a simple way, if you plan it well ahead of time, when you choose your private cloud components.
Just read an article “Nokia planning phablet for 2013”. The original information appeared in the Financial Times. Yes they put the word “phablet” into brackets, but everybody seems to know what it means. On a more serious note, will we have a single device to do our business in 10 years from now? If we do, there are 5 things we need to address. We need an easy input mechanism, a display, some processing capabilities, access to data and applications and last but not least secure communication. What is practical? Let's look at what technologies are or should be available by then, and extrapolate how our future could look like. Interested?
Most IT people are looking at cloud computing to do what they already do differently, many business people are looking at new tools to help them do their business. That in itself results in conflicts as far as addressing needs. But there is a whole different set of applications cloud computing is getting into now the world is increasingly becoming digital. How can I use technology to make my products and services more attractive, to differentiate myself from my competition. This is where machine to machine communication comes il. Let's take a look at how cloud computing can support such approaches.
Last week, I participated in a discussion on LinkedIN titled “Public Cloud will grow when experienced IT folks die”. The discussion was triggered by an article with the same title written by Jack Clark in The Register. I've spent more than 30 years in the IT industry, so is it really time for me to disappear? Well, I'm actually not sure (you wouldn't expect anything else, would you). Public Cloud has its limits and many of those are directly related to the business model. I tried taking the emotion out of the debate and just review what is happening and what the barriers are.