When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed
he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited.
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market
implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds
rarely seen with any major technological evolution.
As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you?
What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know
what you don't know about cloud computing?
First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity. In the cloud, most of
the technology you had to deal with in the past now remains behind the
scenes. What used to be command lines and code is, in many cases, replaced
with a lot of pointing and clicking.
Second, cloud computing is about flexibility. With cloud-based solutions, you
can add ... (more)
Historically, when we take something complex and make it simple, we open up
all sorts of opportunities for value. Think about the changes that happened
once the Web made it simpler to buy goods and services. Consider how mobile
phones and text messaging have empowered us to communicate faster and more
frequently. And consider what the word processor, e-mail and spreadsheets
have done for individual productivity.
Cloud computing is a lot like each of these three revolutions in that it
greatly reduces the complexity of otherwise technically challenging issues.
In so doing, it empo... (more)
In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you
as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification
of cloud adoption.
Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that
comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each
is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these
components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for
opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom
The main topic of this week and the most fundamen... (more)
In the past four weeks I've discussed the benefits of cloud computing and its
core components. My goal was to reveal the key value drivers of the cloud so
you could better understand and evaluate ROI opportunities.
I described two of the three core components of cloud
computing,infrastructure and platform, each delivered as a service. But, in
the end, your users will not work smarter or more efficiently because of
either infrastructure or platforms (save software developers or IT staff);
employees will be more effective because of the third core component,
software delivered as a... (more)
We spend a lot of time talking to business managers about how their
operations run. The perspective that we commonly face is one of "this is how
we do it; we are looking for software to do it better." But from a business
perspective, that is the wrong approach.
First, the pain of software adoption is significant, and relatively
insensitive to scope of change involved. Whether your software project is
small or extensive, employees are going to be unhappy about it for anywhere
between a couple of weeks and several months. But with all change, people
eventually adjust and move on, a... (more)