The Future of IT

Last year, Gartner research reported that CIOs were focused on several business strategies as they move towards 2014.B The top 3 are:

  1. Increasing enterprise growth
  2. Improving operations
  3. Attracting and retaining new customers

And, CIOs are tasked with facilitating these objectives with a watchful eye on the bpurse stringsb.B In other words, the goal is to do more with less.B Cloud computing is one of the tools that is gaining widespread adoption as a result.

Cloud computing allows the organization to make use of scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities.B The organization can adapt quickly to changes in the business environment making it possible to capitalize on opportunities without the limitations inherent in a fixed environment.B The consumer of the services (internal or external) doesnbt care how the technology is made available, they only care that it IS-and is convenient.

So, the CIO is left to deal with the bhowb.B What does that look like?

  • Software as a Service (SaaS) b software that is accessed online and is paid for typically with a monthly subscription or per-user fee such as SalesForce.com
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) b this includes server virtualization, hosted firewall or security, online storage and backup including disaster recovery
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) – the organizationsb proprietary software may be delivered from the bCloudb using a Cloud service providerbs hardware and operating systems

What would I like to leave you with?B Visionary CIOs know that they need to embrace the bCloudb to accomplish their objectives.B You want to increase your geographic territory?B With the bCloudb that is not a problem.B The only limitation is our ability to bsee itb.B In the words of Wayne Dyer, bYoubll See It When You Believe Itb.

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