Part of your Cloud Adoption thinking should be ‘Innovation’, a key stalwart of differentiation. Countless ‘Cloud Experts’, from all walks of life talk about it, but few give time to articulate how.
Firstly the definition of ‘Innovation’, all hail Wiki.
“.. the development of new values through solutions that meet new requirements, inarticulate needs, or old customer and market needs in value adding new ways…… accomplished through more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments, and society.”
I assume that we all grasp the agility factor of ‘Cloud Computing’. A capability to acquire and allow rapid positioning of I.T services in a very prompt time to market. Industry greeted as ‘Innovation’ due to rapid provisioning.
Continually disregarded in empowering the innovative enterprise is a need for cultural workplace transformation around the ‘Cloud’. Simply having a rapid provisioning of compute achieves no business value whatsoever.
"Also missed on many occasions is the fact that the true value of (private) cloud computing comes from the ability to support business agility, which is actually more of a business benefit than operational cost reductions."
"Creativity, the process of taking ideas and making them into ‘real things’."
Enterprise I.T’s happy. They’ve got that all-important ‘pat on the back for cloud’, haven’t they done well. A cloud strategy perception defined, offered and marketed through the desk of those middle-aged Senior I.T Managers. It’s all server consolidation this, cap ex optimization that. Oh the ecstasy, oh the thrill, oh the opportunity L. For these blinkered eyes I beg you to please recognize that a cloud strategy can be so SO much more. Unless eyes start opening, building a united business driven technology strategy, cloud will be no more exciting than walking in the damp damp rain.
"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."