Cloud computing and the role of the CIO

June 2011
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Cloud computing and the role of the CIO

At a glance

Cloud computing is about more than IT costs savings; the technology creates avenues for new revenue and innovation.

Cloud computing can deliver lower IT costs and increased efficiencies, but it also provides powerful new opportunities to drive business growth. Some companies, for instance, are using the cloud model to create new lines of business by partnering with external providers.

CIOs are uniquely qualified to lead a cloud strategy, thanks to their intricate knowledge of IT. While in-depth understanding of technology is critical, no less important is the ability to articulate the business impacts and opportunities of cloud computing to the C-suite.

CIOs should prudently evaluate all IT functions as candidates for cloud computing and be prepared to identify new business opportunities that will deliver the best return on investment. CIOs can also proactively design governance mechanisms to evaluate, procure, implement, and consume cloud services.

Furthermore, adoption of cloud delivery models can disrupt IT operating models, and the CIO must be prepared to manage the impact on the IT workforce.