Cloud Computing is the most discussed IT innovation of recent times. This
Primer provides a structured overview of what Cloud Computing is and what the
potential benefits and risks are. In addition it explores how Cloud Computing
will impact IT management and IT's role in the organization as a service
It also looks at the risks of Cloud Computing. Risk is consistently cited by
CIOs and CFOs as the largest obstacle of cloud computing for their
organizations. In this primer we consider the risks in areas such as
availability, privacy and regulatory compliance. The booklet explores some of
the reasons why organizations want to implement Cloud Computing, to name just
a few: cost-savings, increased speed and flexibility and higher performance.
It looks at how the Cloud delivers against these expectations and debates its
long term viability.
The Cloud Computin... (more)
In the past weeks we launched directly from the season of cloud events into
what SYS-CON calls the Annual Predictions Bonanza. Gartner released its
predictions on December 1 leading with "critical infrastructure will be
disrupted by online sabotage." At CIO magazine Bernard Golden gave two
interesting points of view, one for vendors and one for users, and even CA
Technologies offered insights into the changes we expect in 2011, including
how "security will shift from being perceived as a cloud inhibitor to
becoming a cloud enabler."
So, what happens after 2011? In a few upcomi... (more)
Statistics matter, not only in business, but increasingly also in our social
life - well, at least in our social media life. Some of the statistics I
noticed this week were round numbers, like 1000. With 1000 representing both
the number now showing under "followers" in Twitter and the revenue number
for research (that's excluding events, consulting and other items) we grew to
And on my blog I saw - a bit to my surprise - it has been a full 10 weeks
since my last post! That's however more a case of blogger's block than
writer's block, as I did (co-)author the round numb... (more)
If an article, 10 years after its initial publication date, is featured in
several look backs, reviews, Q&As and still gathers reactions and emotional
analysis, it can be concluded it must have struck a chord - or in this case -
more an open nerve.
In May 2003*, the Harvard Business Review published "IT Doesn't Matter" , an
article by then still largely unknown editor "at large" Nicholas Carr.
The premise of the article was that infrastructure has a diminishing impact
on competitiveness and that IT was infrastructure (although Carr in the
recent Q&A seems to indicate he meant IT In... (more)
In every cloud survey, security consistently comes out as an inhibitor to
cloud adoption. Even though this has been the case for several years, many
feel that it is a temporary barrier which will be resolved once cloud
offerings get more secure, mature, certified, and thus accepted. But is this
indeed the case or do we need another approach to overcome this barrier?
During a recent cloud event, two speakers from a large accounting and EDP
auditing firm took the stage to discuss the risks of cloud computing. While
one speaker dissected the risks for both consumers and providers... (more)