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Emergence of Cloud Computing for Industries – Nadhan’s Top 5 Triggers

In a recent ComputerWorld article titled Industry-specific clouds come rolling in, author Esther Shein says, “Momentum is growing for the deployment of clouds specific to particular verticals because their resources are designed for communities that share special interests.”


While I am not surprised, I do wonder about the triggers for this trend. Enterprises that are facing a new paradigm carefully study the evolving patterns of its adoption among their peers before making a move. Industries are an excellent forum for enterprises seeking validation of such paradigms.


When it comes to industry clouds, there are 5 key triggers for their evolution:


Services Eco-system. A key decision to be made when moving to cloud computing is the extent to which service providers are part of the overall solution. Traditional providers start provisioning their services over the cloud. A new eco-system of cloud service providers thus evolves over time within an industry that triggers enterprises to switch to the as-a-service model – a key step to cloud adoption.


Modernization Strategies. Enterprises within a given industry are likely to have a suite of existing legacy, monolithic behemoths similar to each other. Such applications come with the inherent challenges unique to that industry. Even though enterprises may work with their own Transformation GPS, the over-arching modernization strategy for such functionality can be rationalized to a generic pattern across a given industry.


Peak Loads. Enterprises have the perennial challenges of dealing with varying transaction loads. Think about the Mother's Day phone calls in the communications industry, Thanksgiving for the travel industry and flower shops for Valentine’s Day. The timing, volume and nature of these peak loads drive the underlying architectural strategies for cloud-based solutions across the industry.


Compliance. Some federal regulations are unique to a given industry - for instance, patient privacy regulations within the health care industry and safety regulations within the transportation industry are just a few examples. Such regulations trigger common business policies to be enforced, and these policies get commoditized over time for their generic provisioning as services across enterprises within an industry.


Security. I would reiterate that when it comes to security in the cloud -- YOU, the end consumer are responsible. Enterprises must ensure that the cloud is leveraged properly for their solutions as I outline in the Cloud Transformation Bill of Rights. Each industry has its own categories of services and information best suited for cloud deployment from a security perspective. Such commonality can be extended to the management of security related risks, thereby influencing the security strategy for enterprises within the same industry.


These triggers result in the continued evolution of industry-specific cloud computing. Case in point: Fierce Health IT’s Ken Terry quotes that in a survey with participants from small clinics to 1,000-bed hospitals, KLAS found that 55 percent of the respondents already had something in the cloud.


What about you? Which industry do you play in and what are your thoughts on the maturity of cloud-based solutions within your industry?


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