Managing the cloud

How can CIOs ensure the cloud gives them an advantage rather than puts them at a disadvantage?

When it comes to managing technology resources in a cost effective manner, is the cloud actually more of a hindrance than a hand?

Going on-demand is commonly perceived as a way for CIOs to increase flexibility and scalability in response to changing business needs. If you're buying infrastructure- or software-as-a-service, you can simply go to your provider and buy a little bit more when requirements change.

The CIO who prefers tight constraints recognises most humans are a little bit lazy and greedy. Give people an opportunity to take more than an inch and they'll probably take a mile.

But a CIO I spoke to recently suggested the cloud actually encourages bad practice. His argument was that workers who have a limited amount of resources know they have to work efficiently. Give people the opportunity to scale-up on-demand and they will start to become slack.

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It's an interesting theory. It certainly starts to make sense when you think about your personal use of computing. If your smart phone has a tight data budget, you're much more likely to be careful about downloading data than if you have an unlimited allowance.

The CIO who prefers tight constraints recognises most humans are a little bit lazy and greedy. Give people an opportunity to take more than an inch and they'll probably take a mile. Give your workers fixed computing resources and they can only take an inch.

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