My favorite and least favorite question I get is the same – “Can you help
me build a business case and ROI for cloud computing?”
Well, yes… and no. The issue is that cloud computing has such a massive
impact on how IT is delivered that many of the metrics and KPIs that are
typically used at many enterprises don’t capture it. I mean, how do you
capture Agility – really?
In the past I have broken this down into 3 buckets. Yes, some people have
more but these are the big three…
Agility is reducing cycle time from ideation to product (or system delivery)
– incredibly difficult to measure given that it’s hard to do apples to
apples when every product/project is unique. You can do this in terms of
Agile methodology task points and the number of points per fixed timeframe
sprint on average over time. Most IT shops do not really measure developer
productivity in a... (more)
I will make this simple. There is only one question you need to ask
yourself or your IT department to determine if what you have is really an
Can I get a VM in 5-10 minutes?
Perhaps a little bit more detailed?
Can a properly credentialed user, with a legitimate need for cloud resources,
log into your cloud portal or use your cloud API, request a set of cloud
resources (compute, network, storage), and have them provisioned for them
automatically in a matter of a few minutes (typically less than 10 and often
less than 5)?
If you can answer yes,... (more)
One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is
manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially
the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application
failure before they know about it. That’s why services like Tap In
Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption.
Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO
Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the
beta in the near future. They are actively seeking beta customers as well,
particularly fro... (more)
Following Unisys’ recent announcement regarding their cloud computing
strategy (Unisys Moves to Break Through Barriers to Adoption of Cloud
Computing) I had the opportunity to speak with Rich Marcello, president of
Unisys Systems & Technology, and Sam Gross, VP of Unisys Global IT
Outsourcing Solutions. What struck me was the coherence and clarity of their
cloud computing vision as compared to HP or IBM.
Unisys’ strategy bridges public, private and hybrid cloud models, and
includes well-differentiated infrastructure, platform and software as a
service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, and ... (more)