Change management is important for Technology initiatives and since many
Cloud services focus on rapid deployments, this area is sometimes forgotten.
The move to Cloud has not only technology implications but also business
implications. Business processes and operations can be encapsulated as
services and delivered expeditiously. Change management for the Cloud should
look into the strategic, technology and development changes and related
impacts. If you need new tires for your car do you just go and buy the first
set of tires you see or do you check specifications, compatibility, price etc
to determine how this change will impact your vehicle. This may appear to be
common sense but in the excitement of moving to the Cloud it is easy to get
carried away and not think about all aspects of change management.
Cloud can enhance productivity by providing the infrastructu... (more)
Community cloud services are services that are shared by multiple members of
a community. They centralize the functions and can provide specific mission
requirements. The mission requirements can be related to specific policies
and compliance. Community clouds leverage the benefits of a public cloud but
can satisfy specific requirements. These are perfect for communities with
specific focus areas such as performance, auditing or policies that need to
be applied across the community.
A major benefit of community clouds is that many organizations can come
together and pitch in for... (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)
There is a data explosion occurring in the world. As more and more data is
being collected, the challenge is how to use it effectively and securely.
Data that is being created is not just transaction oriented and is not
structured. Such data cannot be managed effectively with some data management
systems since traditional systems cannot process such data.
Big data requires adequate storage and distributed processing. Big Data also
injects heterogeneous data types that need proper integration into the
existing infrastructure. Social networks have been generating tremendous