For a business, the speed at which they innovate, release new products and services, deploy new applications, new computing infrastructure is often driven by the speed at which the IT department can deliver. This can lead to divisions in trust between the business in general and IT departments as deadlines have not been met. Cloud Computing provides IT departments with the ability to act and implement with a speed that in the past has only been a dream and to fully support and drive business decisions and ensure the organisation stays ahead of the competition.
It is thus with dismay but no real surprise that I have just read a report by Accenture and the London School of Economics that highlights the significant gap in appreciating Cloud Computing between the business and IT communities. In particular, IT departments cited security, vendor lock-in and privacy as major barriers to cloud adoption. Interestingly, business leaders did not see any of these as major barriers. Business leaders view cloud computing as an opportunity for IT to be delivered with much more speed and agility.
Why do I suggest that the findings are no real surprise to me ? When presenting the Learning Tree Cloud Computing course, the mix of attendees is typically 50/50 between business and IT skills. The business people always immediately see the potential cloud computing offers their organisations. IT people are more likely than not to be skeptical – almost in a self-preservation way – about cloud computing and quote the barriers above. That’s the challenge and fun of being an instructor – delivering the course in a balanced way that can change the mindset of the IT people so that they see the benefits whilst also appreciating the risks. In the majority of cases, I succeed in changing people’s thinking because there are compelling business and technical reasons for adopting Cloud Computing.
If IT departments are to support their business in the best possible way, Cloud Computing has to be part of their strategy today – be it public, private or hybrid, be it Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Just by listing these few areas, it is clear Cloud Computing is actually many different things, with different levels of implementation. It is exactly these areas that we cover on the Learning Tree Cloud Computing course. If you are interested in learning more about Cloud Computing, why not consider attending the course. It will enable you to make sure you have a total understanding of what Cloud Computing is, what services can be provided and what are offered by the major vendors. As a result, your IT department will be driving forward your business rather than holding it back.