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Yes, today's forecast is scattered clouds.



In just a few short years, cloud computing has shown us that it is here to stay. If you have any doubts just take a look at the cloud taxonomy published by OpenCrowd where you will see close to 100 vendors offering up their wares including infrastructure, platform, or software-as-a-service, and supporting cloud software.

The U.S. Federal Government is busy setting up its own clouds, too. These include GSA's Apps.gov, NASA's Nebula, DISA's RACE, and NBC's Cloud as examples.

These are our scattered clouds today. Scattered clouds imply a nice day with mostly sunny skies and a few scattered showers. But don't let today's sunny skies lull you to a complacent afternoon siesta.

According to Gartner, the Worldwide Cloud Computing and related services market is expected to surpass $56.3 billion in 2009 and reach over $150 billion in 2013 . With so much at stake, we can expect many more clouds to start popping up in the skies. Such an unfettered increase in "scattered clouds" could mean that today's sunny skies are just the calm before the raging storms arrive.

Avoiding the storms: the need for cloud governance

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana

It seems like just yesterday that a new architectural paradigm known as service-oriented architecture (SOA) was beginning to gain momentum in its illustrious journey up the "hype" cycle with the utopian promise of ubiquitous reuse and an agile IT environment. Enterprises were scurrying to adopt SOA as their flagship IT strategy to gain competitive advantage with the hope of being perceived as innovative leaders.

Fast-forward to today where all architecture is somehow positioned as an SOA and the definition of a service has been muddled to the extent that almost any piece of software qualifies as "a service." The net result is that too many services exist with little differentiation and much overlap.

Service reuse and IT agility have once again eluded us. We now know that the uncontrolled service proliferation has left us only slightly better off -- if that -- than where we were before.

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