I recently had the opportunity to present a keynote session at the Enterprise Cloud Summit hosted by VISI at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. Based on the attendance, you could tell that enterprise cloud computing is still a hot topic for IT leadership. Thanks to everyone that came up to me with additional questions after the event – I enjoyed the conversations. If you missed my presentation, you can view my slide deck on slideshare. From my perspective, there are a couple of key takeaways:
- There is a lot of attention to the problems and issues with the cloud but not enough attention on the benefits and enablers. These include:
- Matching usage requirements with infrastructure capacity, e.g. buying only what you need
- Having infrastructure capacity available for growth without paying for it, e.g. no stranded dedicated infrastructure
- Being able to scale up (and scale down) capacity as business conditions warrant
- Rapid provisioning of infrastructure (days vs. months)
- Access to enterprise-class technology without having an enterprise budget
- There continues to be dogma about what a cloud is and what a cloud is not. If a “cloud” meets your business and technology needs, do the definitions really matter?
- While the cloud has many benefits, it is not a panacea. You still have to manage security, applications (IaaS or PaaS), access, sourcing, and other IT operations. Or partner with a managed services provider.
The bottom line is: cloud is a great tool for making IT a leaner and more responsive and innovative support department for your business. It can help you be more relevant. And that is the best goal for IT. Right?