How Cloud Computing is Changing IT Strategy

We all know cloud computing is on the horizon (although it’s here in full swing for many).  Over the last few years what exactly cloud computing is and how it will work has been starting to solidify beyond the hype of the original proponents and marketers and into real products and strategies.  I wouldn’t call myself an early adopter too often and that has certainly been the case with cloud computing.  To me it’s just another tool in the toolbox.

Recent experiences with several clients have made me realize how profound the changes brought by cloud computing really are in both large and small organizations.  One such experience was reviewing an “IT plan” that was focused almost exclusively on the mechanics of IT: servers, backups, etc.  This is almost the ‘keeping the lights on’ approach to IT and there’s isn’t a whole lot of strategy to it.  It was while reviewing this plan that it struck me: cloud computing already is changing my perception of IT strategy.

IT strategies focused on email, servers, generators, and backups are increasingly becoming relics of the past.  These services are so far removed from the businesses they support that they do not even translate into meaningful concepts.  That we think they do is only a reflection of how deep the technological constraints of the past have been on businesses.  Really, what does a server or a backup have to do with any business?  These things are only noticed when they fail.  These lowest level aspects of IT may actually be the easiest to transition to the cloud precisely because they are so low level and so far removed from business capabilities.

As we look at the IT landscape cloud computing is finally starting to offer substantial changes to an IT operating environment.  Uptime, backups, generators; most of these things are a given with modern cloud solutions; this allows IT practitioners to focus on more business value delivery rather than technical implementation.


About danrosanova
I am a Principal Program Manager for Messaging at Microsoft and product owner for Azure Messaging: Service Bus, Relay, and Event Hubs. I have a long history in distributed computing on a variety of platforms and have focused on large scale messaging and middleware implementations from inception to implementation. I was a five time Microsoft MVP before joining Microsoft and author of the book Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Patterns.

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