Global CIO: Cloud Computing 2.0: Are You Ready?

With cloud computing nearing the end of the hype/confusion/hype stage, CIOs must focus on quantifiable business benefits and long-term viability.

The tech industry has had a long history of coining terms which needlessly confuse potential customers. But, we’ve certainly outdone ourselves with today’s “cloud computing” jargon. Few ideas have generated as much press and debate as today’s cloud computing phenomenon.

Yet, there is no question that the first generation of cloud computing services has delivered tangible business benefits to early adopters. Now, the market must enter a new era to demonstrate to a broader set of IT and business decision-makers that it is okay to put aside their fears and take a serious look at how they can leverage the rapidly evolving cloud capabilities to achieve their corporate objectives.

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Part of the confusion associated with cloud computing stems from the mixing together of various elements into a single idea. For instance, it is the success of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that has spawned the emergence of Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS) and inspired the idea of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). However, each of these types of cloud services are at varying stages of maturity and have differing risks associated with them.
SaaS has been generally proven to be a viable alternative to traditional on-premise legacy applications in almost every horizontal software category from front office and collaboration to back-office operations and supply chain. Questions about security, reliability and performance have subsided. And, concerns about being forced to accept one-size-fits-all solutions have given way to increasingly flexible and configurable services.

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