When discussing moving to the cloud, the question has become “how and how fast” rather than “why.” In the new era of cloud computing, the CIO will take the role and responsibilities of a cloud broker, controlling the sourcing, implementation, and management of multiple cloud services.
The CIO must assess the organization’s needs to identify business opportunities that will drive revenue and competitive advantage, then develop an integrated strategy that may include public, private, and hybrid cloud services. At all times, the CIO must anticipate potential information security issues. It is, to be sure, a challenging role.
But when coupled with a CIO’s IT strategy around data center transformation, service virtualization, and unified fabrics, cloud computing offers synergies that can bring a new order of competitive advantage. Forward-thinking CIOs must be prepared to lead their organization into the cloud. Doing so can create an accelerated trajectory to success — for the CIO and the entire organization.