Recently, Forbes.com has published a very interesting article titled: Three Ways Companies Can Convert To Cloud Computing, featuring Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President for IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain. The article discusses why leading organizations are turning to cloud and the role IT infrastructure plays in enabling growth in a world of cloud, mobile and social technologies. These technologies are changing the way we interact and engage with our customers, creating unpredictable ebbs and flows of connections across an array of technologies and systems. In order to handle the unparalleled volume of data we’re generating, these systems need to be reliable, economical and secure. And more and more organizations are moving to cloud computing to meet those needs. In the article, Tom describes three strategic considerations for successfully deploying a cloud model:
Ensure a flexible IT environment: Organizations must be flexible to embrace the new workload requirements of mobile and social applications. A dynamic hybrid cloud model provides flexibility and allows organizations to respond quickly to support changing business needs.
Build analytics-ready systems: It’s imperative for businesses to identify the right technology and the right time to apply for business advantage. An analytics-based environment enables organizations to handle unpredictable volumes of data, which can be converted into actionable insight for better decision makings.
- Integrate the front and back office: Businesses need a technology platform that connects systems for engaging customers with systems that manage customer records. Customers prefer a hybrid cloud approach using a private cloud for systems of records for efficiency and security and a public cloud for systems of engagement to provide a responsive two-way interaction with customers.