Cloud Innovation

The most progressive businesses and institutions view technology and the cloud as a powerful change agent that is critical to meet their customers’ demands for faster and more accurate information and more accessible and customized services.

Enterprise IT is in the midst of a dramatic transformation. Large inflexible data centers are being replaced by pools of virtual servers and storage that can be located anywhere in the world and accessed anytime. Once complex on-premise software applications are now simple subscription-based applications delivered as a service. Driving this monumental change is cloud computing. Companies must focus on cloud innovation now to modernize not only IT, but their entire business.

A true cloud provides the following characteristics as it integrates and automates an increasingly complex and sophisticated array of tasks:

Rapid elasticity – The ability to increase or decrease services and resources as demand fluctuates
Metered services – Customers only pay for the services consumed; usage is monitored and controlled
Resource pooling – Multi-tenant architectures where resources are shared among many customers
Ubiquitous anytime, anywhere access – Resources are accessible anytime via multiple devices
On-demand self-service – Automated and unilateral provisioning of computing capabilities

Although “cloud” is now a ubiquitous term, its true enterprise adoption is more accurately represented by a curve resembling the technology adoption lifecycle. We have overlaid a selection of the most common technology and cloud pain-points for each stage along the adoption curve.

Innovators

• See the strategic opportunity of cloud computing and use technology as a change agent

• Companies jumping headlong into cloud are unlikely to realize its full benefits and will need guidance on its business and IT significance

Opportunists

• Looking to achieve short-term impacts through cloud initiatives

• Often encounter challenges around cloud best practices including data and security compliance

Pragmatists

• Appreciate the benefits of the cloud but remain risk adverse

• Utilize vendors whose services have a reputation for quality, stability and maturity

Conservatives

• Extensive business and use cases often required to justify cloud investment

• Companies prefer “business as usual” approach and look to references within the same industry to gauge cloud adoption

Laggards

• Highly risk adverse and require cloud education of executives, architects and engineers

• Falling behind competitors technological advancements

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