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Posted by Phil Murphy on March 2, 2010
In a conversation with a vendor in the application portfolio management space the other day, we got on the subject of what "Cloud" means to them and by extension to their current and future customer base. My colleagues have written extensively on what it may mean to Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, HP and others, and our conversation began discussing the potential of cloud-computing from a vendor perspective - for instance:
The conversation turned from vendor benefits to the benefits that cloud may bring to all of you folks in IT shops in the public and private sectors - what impact will cloud have on the millions of applications that run your core business processes and transactions? There will eventually be an impact on your data centers - where your applications run - and those changes may impact your firms' attitudes toward staffing models - who maintains the applications and where? But those are indirect impacts to applications. What impacts do anticipate for your existing applications from cloud, and when do you think it will happen? Is it happening now? 1 to 3 years out? 3 to 5 years? For instance:
My goal for this blog entry is to encourage healthy debate on various aspects of cloud's impact to all those applications out there - the perceived benefits, risks, opportunities and threats. I'm asking you to offer your opinions and insights (or even just questions) about how cloud will impact the existing application portfolio. To get the ball rolling, I've seeded the blog entry with a few "for instance" points:
This should be enough to get the conversation started - I don't want my perceptions to dominate - what I really want to know is ... "What do you think?"
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