Cloud Computing and the IT department

Steve Cassidy thinks it's about time IT departments had the 'cloud talk'.

At the bottom end there's even Microsoft's own version, though I've found that users with many gigabytes of data in PST files are resistant. Notice how many of the anecdotes about this type of product pitch fly directly in the face of the sacred cows of cloud. Where's the portability? Where's the inter-vendor resilience? Where's the exit plan? My clipboard has more ticks than crosses on it when it comes to this one topic, and we've only looked at it for a single paragraph!

These kind of discoveries, in the detail of how workflow hits technology, are where the IT Professional makes a huge difference what you know about the priorities and preferences of your business should be the final arbiter of a choice about how your company can best use a cloud service.

It would be a terrible shame to find that a victim mentality crossed with the BOFH perspective on your non-techie colleagues is in fact the death warrant for your own position: Yet and this is why the door is shut and I'm perfectly sure no non-techies have read this far even the most virtuous, open, caring and well-aligned of us can't deny that some of the ways IT gets money and job security from the rest of the business are tinged with these attitudes.

Your responsibility to figure out how to grab cloud, as a topic, and make it your own, isn't just to your employer: it's to yourself. We will be assembling the best of what we discover, here, in the coming months, to help you put yourself in the right place when it comes to skills, war stories, perspectives from different types of businesses, vendor confessionals and hot technology breakthroughs. My view is that you owe it to yourself to listen.

You can put the phone back on the hook now.

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