Developing an Effective Cloud Computing Adoption Strategy (Part 1)

Developing an effective cloud computing adoption strategy cannot exist without a clear philosophy on the role of IT in cloud computing. My goal here is to extend my previous post offer to you a couple of short videos that will help you shift your thinking about cloud computing away from the technical dimension of virtualization, IaaS or even cloud security so you can begin to formulate a cloud adoption strategy that will resonate with your organization and most importantly your CEO.

My goal is to also try and help you formulate your personal position about cloud computing while updating your views on general purpose computing as it relates to a unified IT service strategy.

Why? Because I think it is really important that as IT leaders we come to grips with our own philosophy about computers, the rights of our users and content owners, and those darn iPads. Your philosophy plays a huge role in shaping your IT strategy and it affects nearly every decision you make for your organization and users.

This is an ambitious goal for this post so I have enlisted Alistair Croll, BitCurrent founder and co-Chair of Cloud Connect, who has a very strong and insightful way of thinking about the direction of computing that should really challenge your thinking.

If you haven’t already done so, take a minute and reflect on that last video. If you are in higher education there were more than a few things for you to ruminate on.

Croll also gave this next talk for Cloud Connect which should help you formulate your philosophy on the role that IT should play in supporting cloud adoption. Croll uses Lego’s to illustrate his idea which makes this short video a great starting point for any CIO looking to develop a cloud adoption strategy.

This should be really thought provoking stuff for most IT leaders and even for CEO’s struggling to understand what their cloud adoption strategy should look like. It’s also the kind of thinking and philosophy that should be reflected in your CIO manifesto and be reflected in you overall IT strategy.

But there are a couple of other things to consider which I will include in Developing an Effective Cloud Computing Adoption Strategy (Part 2).


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3 Responses to Developing an Effective Cloud Computing Adoption Strategy (Part 1)

  1. Thanks Jerry. These videos are very thought provoking on a few different levels.

    The overriding themes from the first video could be part of a very compelling Computer Science department manifesto that might engage even more participation in this important field of study and (more importantly) be included as an important issue of concern for all society.

    The second video certainly illustrates the fact that provisioning information and technology services does not in and of itself add value or “make things better”. Although it might to an extent in some situations. There are pros and cons of centralized, decentralized, outsourced and self-provisioned information, technology and related services. The provisional aspect is one of many interrelated considerations when formulating the optimal mix of solutions for the specific needs of an organization.

    One added consideration worth contemplating for all of us is the role of open standards. Major product and service providers strive to get everyone to adopt their complete stack of Legos (spanning information, technology and services). We as educators and members of leadership teams within higher education need to collectively ensure that there are ways to mix and match the individual Legos from different stacks in ways that best serve our institutions.

  2. The Higher Ed CIO says:

    Thank you so much for the feedback and for seeing a very important aspect in the interoperability of the stack. I am definitely in that same camp and can see more movement toward unbundling the enterprise suites that you find on campus. the real shame of it is that higher education has not embraced the use of data interfaces like healthcare which makes mixing and matching and sharing between entities so much easier.

    Be sure to checkout tomorrows videos which are equally interesting. Well at least I think they are.

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