Cloud: The Moving Target

The cloud market is moving so fast, that it’s highly probable that by the time you read this, details have changed. Yet the fundamental business-decision drivers won’t change for several years, if not a decade.

For executives, understanding whether or not cloud computing is a suitable choice is made far more difficult by its passionate proponents and bitter critics.

Being influenced by a single manufacturer’s sales rep results in myopic solutions and carries a high probability of less-than optimal results. I recommend that you select a competent, independent technology reseller who offers a range of products from a variety of software vendors to be a part of your technology advisory team.

Quite frankly, I’m pro-cloud. Our company consumes cloud services and we don’t have a single server on premise. Other than a network for our personal computing devices, all of our compute power and servers are in the cloud.

I’m writing this to speed the adoption of cloud computing by presenting its benefits and discussing adoption processes in a way that executives can understand. I believe that if you’re looking for ways to improve your business productivity or decrease your information technology expenses, then you should consider cloud as a part of your business strategy.

I’ll discuss where I think cloud has limitations. No single IT choice can satisfy all of your computing needs. Optimizing your operation means having choices and making educated decisions. For most businesses, cloud should be considered for at least some of the computing tasks.