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Is cloud computing now a business necessity?

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According to this article at the Huffington Post, Cloud Computing: A Shift from IT Luxury to Business Necessity, cloud computing has quickly become one of the most important paradigm shifts in business today.  So would you say cloud computing is now a business necessity?

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  • To answer simply, no its not.

    That being said, I am sure we will see the majority of organisations leveraging the cloud concept, with many opting for private clouds as opposed to the public version...To say it is a necessity is simply wrong, but to say business could do without it, is equally as wrong...

  • The Cloud is a necessity today because it supplies Off-the-Shelves technology transparent business functionality, computing and networking services remotely, reliably, agilely, on demand and at known and controlled costs.
    In adopting the cloud the big picture (EA) is necessary rather than embarking in a piecemeal adoption approach.

  • It's a stretch to call Cloud Computing a business necessity. Like all advancements in computing, its another option. If the value proposition behind Cloud Computing is good for the business and the risks associated with moving to Cloud Computing doesn't interfere with policies of the business, then it's probably a good decision.

  • No it is not. Yet.
    But if the business relies heavily on IT , it would have a significant competitive disadvantage if it does not utilize the cloud in the next two years.

  • No, it's not. And it won't ever be a "business" necessity unless you're talking about the business of IT. In that case it may be necessary for IT to manage its cost basis or simplify integration, etc... by leveraging SaaS for commoditized business functions and a true cloud computing (IaaS) model to scale operations.

    But the "business" doesn't need cloud computing. It needs applications.

  • Necessity today, no. But like the internet in the 90s, it is transforming how businesses operate.

    Think back, early 90s, you didn't even have an email address, and could work an entire day without the internet. Then the internet seeped from educational organizations (I was a project Athena user myself at MIT) to enterprises, and it became adopted. Today it's a Roy Lichtenstein with the caption "What? The internet is down? How am I going to work!"

    Cloud computing will go through the same thing. It will enable more collaborative applications, and change the way people interact with each other inside and outside their organizations.

    Necessity in the future - most likely yes.

  • Given the accelerating adoption across nearly every industry of a rapidly broadening array of enterprise-quality, Cloud-based alternatives to legacy on-premise business apps and computer systems, any company which doesn't take advantage of these more flexible and economical resources is putting themselves at a competitive disadvantage. It is not only short-sighted to ignore the immediate business benefits offered by the expanding assortment of Cloud solutions, it is a disservice to an organization's stakeholders who could benefit from the greater ease-of-use and functional capabilities these solutions provide.

  • The article contents are quite good, the title is for a catch, as we are caught. :-)

    "Cloud Computing is a Business Imperative, not an IT Luxury" and "Cloud Adoption -- It's Still Early in the Game"

    I would say, "It's an inevitable choice."

  • Key operative word here is 'business' that for all intents and purposes is after revenue and profits which can be realistically acquired faster through 'scale' [and efficient replication and distribution] and that is where cloud comes in.

    Other than requiring 'automation' (which is essentially how everything is now), guess there's cloud computing creep in every business eventually.

    (Or just hard-pressed to think of something where cloud can't help in some way or the other.)

  • I'm with Julie and Jeff.

    The broader trends behind cloud (increasing connectivity, the falling transaction costs of collaboration and new multi-tenant business and IT architectures) are going to fundamentally change the shape and purpose of businesses. At the macro level cloud computing isn't about the insignificant issues of getting compute or storage cheaper for existing applications and the business models they support, it's about using connectedness, new shared architectures and automated right sizing to consume specialised services from 3rd parties and get rid of most of your current work to focus more strongly on your key economic value. Cloud computing is merely the playing out of the broader trends in the IT industry, remaking IT as a democratic, cheap and enabling resource rather than a set of owned, expensive and complex assets (where having the capital to buy, operate and develop them was in itself a strategic advantage over others).

    As the focus moves from ownership of IT (which increasingly becomes a burden) towards access, so more organisations can bring new, multi-tenant business services to the market, both to replace the many moribund internal business capabilities acting as a drain on enterprises but also to make use of a hitherto unimaginable resource to do completely new things.

    As a result I think that cloud - and the trends that lie behind it - will disrupt existing business models, create new opportunities and through this process become a business necessity. In this sense, however, it is because the cloud becomes the core global fabric that enables business and not because IT people can get computing power a little cheaper ;-)

  • It'll be like Palmolive. You're already soaking in it!

    I would say right now about 20% of Global 500 companies identify full Cloud-enablement as an important strategic initiative. But what about the rest?

    It may not be defined now as a necessity, but for many companies it is already becoming a reality - you have individual developers and business unit heads, tired of a multi-month IT cost justification for provisioning new servers and elastic capacity to test and run their apps... and many of them are just going out with their credit cards and purchasing some Cloud capacity or leveraging business services on their expense accounts.

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