cloud computing usage

It’s fair to say that Cloud computing presents both a great
opportunity, and a significant challenge, to CIO’s looking to develop
IT and business strategies for the next two to five years.  Cloud
computing will have a significant and long-term impact on the way
businesses consume IT resources, not least because it could change both
who provides those resources and how they are delivered.  In fact, it
will change the way businesses use IT in much the same way that the
mobile computing is changing the way we, as individuals, communicate –
faster, more chaotic and highly distributed.  These changes will happen
in unpredictable ways, rarely when we expect them, and often with
unforeseen consequences.
One of the great business benefits of cloud is that it accelerates the
way an organization can define, identify and consume IT resources- which
in turn accelerates the business capacity to respond to market trends
and opportunities.  In short, it decentralizes and accelerates the way
that IT usage will evolve within the business.  That might be good for
some aspects of the business, but it presents challenges for CIOs
wanting to define and optimize IT strategies to present that draw on
efficiencies of scale that are better business aligned.  Specifically,
if every part of the business now feels empowered to go and source some
portion of their own IT resources through multiple cloud providers, CIOs
will have a hard time defining anything, least of all a plan to
eliminate inefficiencies and duplication.  Simply tracking IT usage may
become impossibility.
However, savvy CIOs are also looking at Cloud to present a better way to
deliver what the business needs, faster, and in the way the business
needs it.  Cloud could redefine the delivery of IT resources in much the
same way that just-in-time redefined the way organizations thought about
supply chain management.  By providing guidance, policies and expertise
down to the business units, and presenting a well-managed framework
within which to operate, successful CIOs will be able to cement the role
of IT far more firmly within the business processes they serve than
perhaps has been possible before- but in a way that is very different
from that role today.
It’s too early to fully appreciate how the emergence of Cloud
technologies will change the way businesses address their technology
needs, and it’s likely that predictions based on our current
understanding will miss the mark both on the scale and the way in which
changes occur.  However it’s not too early for CIOs to begin to think
about how to integrate Cloud delivery methods in the way they enable
business users to meet their goals, and to start to offer guidance and
expertise in the use of Cloud resources.  Cloud is already changing the
both lexicon and the expectations around business IT usage; it’s vital
that CIOs now engage in the dialogue, and set the ground rules for the


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