“Hindrances to Cloud Adoption” #cloudchat recap

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Last Thursday, June 9, @IBMcloud hosted the first ever #cloudchat Twitter chat. More than 30 people joined to answer questions surrounding the topic, “Hindrances to cloud adoption.”

The chat lasted an hour and was presented in a Q&A format. If you missed the chat or just want to have a recap handy, here’s a rundown of the first #cloudchat highlights:

Q1: “Why might organizations feel hesitant about cloud adoption?”

@theanilsomani Part of the reason on hesitancy might be the confusion on cloud definition. What exactly is it?

@mackward It can be seen as scary/risky to trust another party with your data, and always feeling dependent on someone else.

@c0mpufreak Many companies still fear security breaches/cloud offerings don’t comply with their standards.

@MattRMorrison Fear happens you don’t know enough about something. There is a lot to consider when looking into cloud. Make sure to plan well.

@IvanODonoghue Traditional enterprise apps can function on the intranet – internet outages and recent Amazon AWS outage generate fear.

Q2: What might organizations need to feel comfortable about cloud security? (i.e. reputation, certification?)

@Tesh Reputation is high on the list. Hand-in-hand with proven track record.

@theanilsomani Standards efforts would help. Cloud Security Alliance work is good to check out

@d_brow Cloud Computing needs governance processes.

@c0mpufreak: Reputation is probably the key to success here.

Q3: How are organizations bridging the gap between influencers and decision makers re: cloud adoption?

@jonetkins Some might say we need to speak in smaller words to reach the decision makers. (j/k)

@theanilsomani ROI tools articulating benefits for business decision makers would help.

@eric_andersen Pilots – small steps influencers can take to show decision-makers the benefit and how it can scale.

@jonetkins Good point. Pilots and trials can take the “scare factor” out of the unknown.

@Tesh The IT department may feel a threat from a cloud strategy so may need for it to be a business conversation.

Q4: What is the effect on traditional IT organizations with the adoption of cloud strategy?

@g_manav Initially confusion. Then panic. Anger. Acceptance. Implementation. Education. Realization it’s real. = CHANGE

@d_brow Change in mind – Change in behaviour – Change in business

@VasfiGucer Possibly reorganization of the IT department.

@Colleeni I think traditional offices start to see flexibility and mobility they may not have experienced before.

@Hopley When you move to the cloud, you free up IT resources — what are the top projects to reassign resources to?

@fjpoblam Cloud frees up *some* IT resources (HW/SW, a few personnel) but adds others (new HW, new training, etc.).

Q5: Why is there a perception that cloud solutions have more vendor lock-in than previous hosted services? via @netavanza

@g_manav I’d argue opposite. #cloud = workload standardization = more interoperability. Backend integration, maybe, but not generally.

@modsix Because only the biggest providers have the infrastructure to provide cloud services at this time?

@jonetkins As cloud matures, more vendors will provide interoperability, if only because they want to give you a means to move to them.

Q6: How have attitudes changed in 2011 toward cloud adoption?

@eric_andersen Saw this recent study on changing attitudes towards #cloud adoption

@VickyGillies Shift is coming from new bus opps and competitive edge opportunities seen by business leaders

@ideasattjw Examples of practical use like the virtual computing lab

@ragtag I think practical needs/requirements/skills and individual situations are more decisive in the long term.

@jonetkins I think a lot more people have heard of #cloud now, but many are unaware of what it actually IS. More education is needed.

Next #cloudchat

Last, we asked participants what sort of topics they’d like to see for future #cloudchats. Here’s a sample of the responses:

  • Success stories for Enterprise adoption of SaaS, PaaS, Private and Hybrid clouds (via @theRab)
  • Security, governance, piloting (via @eric_andersen)
  • How to use PaaS and Integration – go beyond just adoption and deployment – IBM Cast Iron, for example (via @theRab)
  • Will losing the “cloud” tag make it easier to implement broader and better solutions? (via @vickygillies)
  • Governance processes, pitfalls in adoption process, vendor evaluation criteria, cloud risk management (via @d_brow)
  • Adoption customer stories; specific technological designs (DR changes or app design changes) due to cloud (via @nivitek)
  • What percentage of folks only include public cloud in definition of cloud and how these folks’ attitudes may be different (via @nsirota)

Join us next time

We hope you’ll join us at the next #cloudchat on July 14 from 4-5 p.m. EST. Chats will take place the second Thursday of every month from 4-5 p.m. EST.

Sign up here for future chats: and feel free to leave a comment with topic suggestions.

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