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Posted by Michael Barnes on June 30, 2013
I recently wrote about the need for IT organizations to embrace SaaS to maintain relevance and help drive business value. This quarter, I’ve set my sights on IaaS. In my forthcoming report, “IaaS Adoption Trends In Asia Pacific”, I explain in detail why my advice remains the same.
Internal IT resistance to expanding IaaS usage based on security, data management, and availability/performance concerns are certainly valid. But project-driven, opportunistic IaaS usage will continue to grow across the region as business decision-makers rationally seek out public cloud-based services that meet needs not met by internal IT.
IT decision-makers failing to consider all service-provisioning options will see their credibility wane and their control usurped by the inevitable emergence of shadow IT, driven by clear business demand. On the positive side, as usage expands internally, I’ve already seen Asia Pacific organizations begin viewing IaaS as a mechanism to fuel innovation based on easy access to cloud-based compute resources. Put another way, IaaS supply is beginning to fuel increased demand.
Some key recommendations for encouraging IaaS-related innovation while minimizing risks:
The benefits of IaaS in reducing infrastructure costs and allowing organizations to quickly ramp up business capabilities far outweigh the risks. As opportunistic IaaS usage gives way to more strategic initiatives over the next two or three years, the potential positive impact on both IT, and broader business strategies, will rise.
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