919RA – Cloud Control Requires Thinking Differently
What Is Happening? — Saugatuck SVP and Head of Research Bruce GuptilI had the privilege of chairing this week’s Cloud Control conference in Boston. The two-day event provided great insights and guidance from a mix of providers and users regarding what has worked, and why, when it comes to integrating and managing Cloud with enterprise data center strategies and operations.
Saugatuck readers and clients would not be surprised to find that the core, recurring theme, from Saugatuck’s opening keynote through user and vendor presentations to the ending panel session, was this:
• Whether you are a data center manager, software developer, IT executive, or IT vendor/service provider, Cloud success requires thinking differently. Regardless of how “mainstream” Cloud IT is becoming, traditional approaches and attitudes toward managing IT currently cause more harm than good. Established “best practices” in IT and business management need to be re-examined and revised to reflect changing Cloud realities.
Why Is It Happening? — Our discussions with event participants indicated that most Cloud problems are management problems, and most of these (real and potential) stem from the inabilities of traditional procurement, security, asset management, development, and deployment practices to adapt to the emerging reality of hybrid business and IT environments, an accelerating pace of technology and business change.
Presentations and side discussions with conference participants again and again surfaced the complaint or observation that management and operational practices that worked effectively in traditional environments constantly need to be adapted anyway – but too frequently are not.
Once practices are in place, they tend to stay in place as they originally were developed. And practices designed to control IT, providers, and users are increasingly seen as inadequate and counter-productive in the Cloud-enabled enterprise. “Free range” IT and workers, like free range chickens, do not fare well in tightly-controlled environments (803MKT Free-Range Knowledge Work Spotlights IT Dissociation and Future, 30 Oct. 2010). It should be obvious by now – but it seems not yet to be – that Cloud IT requires new, adaptive, and different management practices. . . Click Here to Read the Full RA