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Posted by Brian Hopkins on November 25, 2011
Cloud – people can’t agree on exactly what it is, but everyone can agree that they want some piece of it. I have not talked to a single client who isn’t doing something proactively to pursue cloud in some form or fashion. This cloud-obsession was really evident in our 2011 technology tweet jam as well, which is why this year’s business technology and technology trends reports cover cloud extensively. Our research further supports this – for example, 29% of infrastructure and operations executives surveyed stated that building a private cloud was a critical priority for 2011, while 28% plan to use public offerings, and these numbers are rising every year.
So what should EAs think about cloud? My suggestion is that you think about how your current IT strategy supports taking advantage of what cloud is offering (and what it’s not). Here are our cloud-related technology trends along with some food for thought:
If you are like most clients I talk to, your existing IT delivery model and strategy doesn’t answer many of the questions raised. How will your applications evolve to be cloud-efficient? How will you make good business cases for cloud cost and benefit? How will your existing IO processes and practices evolve to capture cloud benefits? Finally, what kind of IT organization does your firm need if it is highly cloud optimized? You might find that IT becomes less of a service delivery organization and more of a broker.
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