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Stratospheric imperatives

Gerald Wee | April 28, 2011
Cloud computing in one form or another is expected to take the world by storm, and like it or not, organisations must prepare themselves for the inevitable.

“Only after you get your application inventory figured out, can you decide which applications you can and which you cannot move into a virtualised Cloud environment,” Teng said. He suggested putting together a sample business case factoring in the various costs and the differing ways they are to be calculated, the expected return on investment categories, performance expectations, and service characteristics.

“Also, keep expectations in check and choose a fast track to a private Cloud even if you need to buy a Cloud-in-the-Box product,” he added. “You need to go the Cloud way fast, and outside of the public Cloud with its security worries, the next fastest thing is a Cloud-in-a-Box.”

In addition, at a personal level, going through this process lets IT professionals pick up requisite skills to increase their value in a Cloud economy. “Apart from technical ability, skills like project management, communication [and continual excellence] in service delivery are important,” said Teng. “More important are leadership skills, and you must be willing to take risks for the overall betterment of the company.”


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