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Cloud – Get on Board or be left Behind

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Cloud – Get on Board or be left Behind


Brandee Daly, Founder C2S Consulting Group

Trigg Borgerson, CTO

Cloud is not just for your IT Department. If you look at IT leaders 10 years ago you will see companies like IBM, Oracle, HP, and Motorola leading the Fortune 500. Today’s IT leaders are companies that are able to move quickly, fail fast, and leverage the cost savings and innovation the cloud offers. These companies include: Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook and others. What these companies have in common are the ability to leverage Cloud to change how their entire company does business. Companies who migrate their applications and data centers to the cloud are doing more than just changing how they do IT. Cloud Migration influences and changes: innovation, processes, policies, organizations, finances, security, and almost every department.

“Rapid Technological change is the greatest threat facing big business. Today’s CEOs clearly recognize that new technologies are going to radically change the way they do business. And they need to figure it out before their competitors do.” – Fortune 500 Magazine.

Cloud Development & Migration is a continuous, fast moving, innovative, and agile.   This is what is commonly called DevOps.

Continuous Innovation through DevOps, starts with Migration.

Cloud adoption has been the most successful when taken as a holistic approach, where people, process and technology must all converge into one strategy. This strategy tends to work best when applied at the enterprise level. It can and should start with all the components of an organization’s program management framework, overlaid with its agile software development methodology and then add the principles of DevOps.

Companies who are able to embrace Cloud WILL be the Leaders of tomorrow. These include not just IT companies, but companies of almost any industry. The cost savings and ability to quickly innovate will separate companies who will be profitable and viable in tomorrow’s landscape from those who are entrenched in yesterday’s technology, processes, and struggling to keep pace. Our bottom line: Companies will need to Embrace the Cloud or Be Left Behind.


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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com