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What is Cloud Computing ?

A survey of 200 of the UK’s top CIO’s and directors has found that over half (57%) are struggling to establish if Cloud Computing services are suitable for them. Further, 71% are concerned with the management complexities of switching to the cloud. Reading this report, I was intrigued to find out what the concerns of the CIO’s was regarding Cloud Computing. It seems that the overwhelming majority (91%) claim that they now understand what cloud computing is and deem a hybrid cloud as the most suitable solution but have major concerns including:

  • Complex and interdependent nature of in-house IT systems
  • Losing control of IT infrastructure
  • Business planning based on service based accounting
  • Security
  • Vendor lockin

What the findings of the report highlight to me are that any organisation considering using Cloud Computing requires:

  1. A THOROUGH knowledge of what Cloud Computing is
  2. A clear plan and strategy built on point one above

The reason I highlight these is that the report findings are very similar to the comments I hear from attendees on Learning Tree’s Cloud Computing course. Some attendees understand what cloud computing is, some think they know what it is and others do not know at all. The challenge and fun of being an instructor is to take attendees with these different business and technical backgrounds and to clearly define what Cloud Computing is and the major services provided by vendors that can be of benefit to an organisation. On this foundation we then illustrate how to define a strategy and business case for migrating to the Cloud, considering organisations of all sizes, often using attendee provided scenarios from their workplace. We consider all aspects of a move, including existing infrastructure, personnel, skills and much more.

So in summary, The report on UK CIO’s and Cloud Computing adoption highlights to me that although the majority claim to know what Cloud Computing is, they are just unsure or concerned about how best to adopt it, their concerns highlight that many really do not fully understand what cloud computing is. This is not unusual as the term means so many different things. However, what is concerning is that their perception may be restricting their company IT strategy. Attending the Learning Tree Cloud Computing course can really make a difference to how you see IT and also your companies immediate, medium and long term IT strategies. Why not consider attending.

Chris

Cloud Computing – The Confusion

Over the last few months I have been monitoring IT professionals understanding of what cloud computing actually is. As part of my daily consulting activities and also from attendees when presenting the Learning Tree cloud computing course the results are interesting. IT and business professionals have so many different views of what cloud computing actually is – many incorrect. Such a lack of understanding often means ill informed decisions are being made by organisations on cloud computing and the benefits they could be leveraging from cloud computing are being missed.

It was interesting to see an article on Information Week that also confirmed my findings. The article surveyed organisations on their use of cloud computing, asking the questions based on respondents roles in the organisation. What they found was that there was a large discrepancy in the answers based on the respondents role in the organisation. Of the respondents 40% of upper managers believed their organisations are using cloud computing, 30% of middle managers did and 20% or IT staffers did. This wide variation between IT staffers and management can be primarily attributed to the lack of appreciation of what actually comprises cloud computing.

So why is there such a lack of understanding of cloud computing ? Mainly because it is actually so many different things but equally there is much being written on cloud computing by people who do not understand what cloud computing actually is and so are misinforming their readers. As an example of the lack of understanding, just today, a well respected IT director said to me “so why is Amazon entering this Web hosting business when there are so many Internet service providers out there already ?”.

Because cloud computing can make such a dramatic difference to an organisation in so many different ways(both business and technical) it is vital that an organisation has a correct solid foundation of what cloud computing actually is. So how can this knowledge be gained ? Learning Tree has an excellent 3 day course that will accelerate you on the right track. For time constrained professionals, the half day summary can clear the smog and start the creative thinking of how the cloud can benefit your organisation. I hope to see you on one of these events in the near future.

Chris


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