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Cloud techniques are not limited to IT

animated_cloud_factory_22924.gifEarlier in the week, I was meeting with a group of computing technologists from a variety of companies and we had a discussion about “cloud”. I was a bit surprised by the relatively narrow definition they were defending. My view is that cloud is really a generic model focused on speed, resource consumption flexibility and automation. These needs are not unique to Information Technology. IT is just the poster child for applying these techniques aggressively.

 

The view that cloud is much wider than IT was so foreign to the group that many of them refused to accept it. I tried to explain the view that many “enterprises” are becoming an ecosystem of partners, providers, suppliers… who pull together resources from a variety of source to address specific opportunities. This (at least to me) is similar to the issues IT has addressed with cloud and other flexible resource tools – like outsourcing.

 

Fortunately for people who have experience with cloud computing issues, their skills can position them to break out of a pure IT view and help organizations take their efficiency and capabilities to new levels.

 

Do you see this gap in perspective of how to apply these techniques more generally?

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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