Cloud: A Core Strategy

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Phil Weinzimer kicks off a recent article on IBM’s Thoughts on Cloud blog with a question: What are clouds?

He  explains that for CIOs the answer centers on use and strategy, “Top tech chiefs and company executives are trying to figure out how to use cloud technology and to what degree it should be part of their company strategy.”   But there are still common misconceptions regarding cloud and security remains a top concern. Mr. Weinzimer talks with an industry expert about cloud security and how it hinders business leaders from developing a cloud strategy.

Hesitation. Mr. Weinzimer highlights these stats:  Gartner reported that cloud spending is expected to reach $16.5 billion in 2016 and a Forbes survey found that 93% of organizations run cloud apps and 82% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Despite these facts, many companies are still hesitant to move forward with cloud due to security concerns. The cloud presents a different set of security challenges than for example a private data center but that does not mean that the cloud is not secure.  There are many best practices in place protecting critical data in the cloud today and a that is why a thorough vetting of cloud service providers and your own internal practices is necessary.

Control. Mr. Weinzimer asks “why are so many companies fearful of the public cloud.” One reason is control which harks back to security. Many companies are nervous about public cloud because they feel they will lose an aspect of control over systems or data. The true fact is that many cloud providers have more security infrastructure in place than their clients themselves could provide or stay on top of and in some cases can be more transparent than what a company might have in place internally.

The cloud is changing the way we do business as well as our operations. To develop a cloud strategy, just like with past new technologies, IT must evaluate and determine the risk and rewards based on their companies’ unique needs and place in the market.  Embrace the opportunity to explore and answer the question “what is the cloud” to your company.

Interested in discussing cloud more in depth? Join us February 11th in St. Paul. Our team will discuss what is happening in the cloud industry and break down the questions (and answers!) you should ask to develop a solid cloud strategy.  After the discussion we will head over to the Xcel to watch the MN Wild take on the Washington Capitals. We invite you to register.