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Where SOA Meets Cloud

David Linthicum

Many Companies Taking Bad Habits to the Cloud

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According to this article, Gartner is pointing out that many companies are taking their bad habits into the cloud.


..."according to a new research note by Gartner, but a number of companies are taking their "bad practices" from on-premises software into the cloud with them. Top among those is 'shelfware,' or paying for unused software. Gartner also suggests that SaaS remains a relatively tiny percentage of total enterprise software deployments."


Not that this should surprise anybody. The fact is that cloud computing won't change behavior, and that enterprises perhaps need to learn more about how to use cloud computing, rather than chasing the hype these days.    Many in IT are "managing by magazine," and while cloud computing is hugely exciting, it could be the wrong path for many enterprises.  


The core issue is that the processes within the IT departments are not changing around the use of cloud, and I'm not sure they understand that they should change.   The truth of the matter is that cloud computing requires a different approach to building and deploying IT.   For instance, the time it takes to get cloud deployed systems up-and-running is a fraction of that of on-premise systems, but that also means they can make huge mistakes faster, such as pushing the wrong IT system to the cloud.


Moreover, IT needs to understand that cloud computing does not fix fundamental issues with the architectures or software systems.   Crap in the enterprises will just be crap in the cloud, if you don't fix as you relocate.    


Those enterprises that move towards the cloud need to consider following best practices, including better disciplines around IT.    Without that the cloud will only make things worse, trust me.



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This blog is your first step toward understanding the issues you will face as cloud computing and SOA converge. The movement to cloud computing is a disruptive change that IT departments will soon face as SOA and cloud computing begin to have an effect on the modern enterprise. IT managers must learn how to give as well as take information in this new, shareable environment, while still protecting their company's interests. Innovative companies will take advantage of these new resources and reinvent themselves as unstoppable forces in their markets. Those who don't take advantage of this revolution will become quickly outdated, perhaps out of business.

David Linthicum

David Linthicum is the CTO of Blue Mountain Labs, and an internationally known distributed computing and application integration expert. View more


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