Cloud facilitates a new generation of technology and related impacts that
have never been seen before.
With utility computing and on demand capabilities, many organizations want to
jump on the bandwagon as soon as possible. As the Chief Executive, there are
some tough decisions to be made. There will be people in your organization
who say that Cloud is the best thing that happened since the emergence of the
internet. Others will paint a picture of gloom and doom by citing issues such
as security, privacy, control over data etc.
Cloud can enhance productivity by providing the infrastructure or application
platforms and related tools to respond to customer needs quickly, giving
organizations an edge over others that have not assessed such mechanisms, and
the on-demand capabilities can lead to efficient utilization of resources.
Cloud also facilitates mobility services s... (more)
There has been a push for Shared services adoption across organizations for a
while since such services reduce duplication and can result in cost savings.
However there have been challenges to proposing and implementing shared
services. Shared services initiatives challenges have been related to areas
such as resistance to change, start up costs and management of such services.
Cloud is enhancing the pace to shared services migration and it naturally
facilitates the use of shared services since a cloud service can be more
easily leveraged by multiple consumers.
Cloud is the true ... (more)
The million dollar question has been "Can an organization move all its
applications to a public cloud?". Instead of moving all applications to the
public cloud, many organizations are choosing a hybrid approach where
on-premise resources can be leveraged and can interact with external
resources. A hybrid cloud is a combination of public, private and community
clouds. Most private clouds are internal, however there can be situations
where private clouds are hosted at a vendor site.
For this discussion, I am focusing on the private clouds that are hosted
internal to the organizati... (more)
For all sports fans out there, the Cloud is becoming a reality for major
sporting events. The recent US Open Tennis tournament had over seven hundred
thousand estimated people attend the event. Traditionally all these folks
would attend the event, enjoy the matches, check the web site, eat delicious
food and yell hard at the event to encourage their favorite players. There
was a web site for many years that provided information about matches,
players and breaking news.
However with the advent of social media and mobile devices, there has been a
shift to new delivery channels and... (more)
At the recent US Open Tennis in New York City the infrastructure was hosted
on IBM's Cloud. Cloud is an ideal solution for such events since a scalable
and on-demand architecture can be provisioned quickly, and then it can be
taken down after the event as needed. During such events there is an overload
on networks with people posting lots of messages on social media and tweets.
Mobile technology is in full "swing" with people posting on phones, tablets
and other devices. The IT infrastructure may need to scale to an estimated 40
times or more its regular size during such events. ... (more)