It’s no longer a question of whether to use the cloud, but of how and when.
Something really interesting is happening: Cloud Computing is turning out to be the biggest gift that ever fell into the laps of IT. That’s because cloud has the power to transform IT from cost center to value creator.
How Do I Create A Cloud Strategy?
Creating a strategy based on your actual needs and requirements will make it easier to navigate all the options in the evolving cloud ecosystem.
Your guiding principle should be: Create value for the enterprise. Your goals should be to optimize cost and to find areas where using the cloud can create value. Your objective should be to make IT more agile and responsive to the needs of the business.
First: Some Facts About Cloud In The Enterprise
In case you’ve any lingering doubts about the increasing role and presence of cloud computing in the enterprise, here are some figures worth considering:
- According to IDC, by 2015, one of every seven dollars spent on packaged software, server, and storage offerings will be through the public cloud model, growing five times faster than the total IT industry.
- According to Gartner’s recent survey, cloud computing is among CIO’s 2013 top technology priorities—third only behind analytics and mobile.
- 90% of Microsoft’s 2011 R&D budget of $9.6 billion was spent on cloud computing strategy and products, implying a huge transition in how enterprise customers will deploy and consume IT.
- 48% of U.S. federal agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud, following a new requirement that agencies adopt a “cloud-first” policy