Information technology is undergoing a major shift due to new paradigms and a
variety of delivery channels. The drivers for these technologies are social
networks, proliferation of devices such as tablets and phones. Social
business and collaboration are continuing to develop further to enhance
productivity and interaction. All these technologies are like a volcano ready
to erupt and the key to surviving a volcano is preparation and knowledge.
Hence there has to an emphasis on sound preparation to leverage these
The first step is to develop an organization or agency wide strategy, mission
and vision that addresses these areas to achieve business agility. The
business strategy, business cases and plans should incorporate the cost,
benefits and risks of these technologies. However one shoe size doesn't fit
all, hence specific areas where these can be a... (more)
There is great excitement about the cloud; however, it is important to
conduct a full assessment as part of the Cloud Transition.
It is very important to decide which applications will be moving to the cloud
based on factors such as alignment with business requirements, cost savings,
level of effort, available resources, benefits of the new solution, risks etc
to determine business and functional benefits. Architecture and security
aspects need to be thoroughly assessed, and factors such as interoperability,
reliability, portability, storage, data transfer, sensitivity of data have... (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)
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 infras... (more)
The London Olympics are not using the Cloud. Cloud computing seems a good
match for the Olympics for provisioning a scalable and on-demand architecture
quickly, and then taking it down after the event. That is precisely what the
technology supports. The integration and deployment of the infrastructure for
the Olympics is a big program with hundreds of servers due to the various
events and related technology needed to support them. This can cause
technologists to take a more conservative path to manage risks and stick to
utilizing existing technologies.
An event like the Olympic... (more)