“What we need to succeed is a good cloud strategy!”
If this is what you are thinking or doing at the moment, then stop! Right now. The 1990′s called and they want their IT organization back. As a middle manager I remember sitting in an offsite meeting, with <insert big consulting firm> facilitating a two day workshop on developing our <insert latest fad> strategy. The end result was a magnificent slide deck and a beautifully bound color report. And then nothing happened. Even worse are the “Assessments” that inspect every detail of your people, process and technology, disrupting business as usually and costing tens of thousands. I am not against collaborative working, workshops or thinking about the future, but there has to be a short-term valuable outcome.
In a previous post “Cloud Strategy: stop or you will go blind?” I mention the need to “Start execution. Move forward” in relation to “the cloud”. The challenge for most organizations is;
The open-source movement is growing rapidly and is having a major impact on the way businesses model their IT strategies. We will examine these impacts over the next several blog posts.
One of the business areas where open source is beginning to have a noticeable effect is cloud computing. Free and open source software (FOSS) is software that is liberally licensed to grant users the right to use, study, change, and improve its design by allowing access to its source code.
Today we complete our blog series with:
Myth #5: The biggest cloud vendors are the right cloud vendors
Of course, the best vendor for almost any solution is one that is established and well-tested. However, “cloud” is a hot field. Innovation can come from both the largest vendors or from well-funded and reputable start-ups. A more logical approach is to evaluate the right solutions based on your individual business needs and goals.
As we continue series of posts on common myths on cloud and how they affect your company’s cloud strategy, today we explore:
Myth #4 – Every application should reside in “the Cloud”
While many applications are a good fit for cloud, in general, it is a good fit for applications with a fairly standard and flexible configuration. Those relying on clustered servers, for example, aren’t good fits for cloud environments where they share resources with other customers.
In our continuing series of posts on common myths on cloud and how they affect your company’s cloud strategy:
Myth #3 – Cloud Computing requires a increased headcount and extensive retraining
While this myth is commonly held since many people fear the technical nuances involved in cloud, in fact, once an application is successfully ported to the cloud and integrated with legacy internal systems, the headcount required to maintain that application should significantly decrease.
Today we continue our series on common myths on Cloud Computing and how they can impact your company’s cloud strategy.
Myth #2 – Cloud Computing necessitates a compromise in security and reliability
Networks long ago ceased to be physically isolated structures. Interconnectivity with other companies and to the Internet guaranteed that even private networks became connected with public infrastructure. The resulting need for the measures required to maintain packet security including firewalls, encryption, Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) remain consistent within leading Cloud vendors.