Everyone has an argument for the ideal technological approach to cloud
computing: public vs. private (vs. hybrid), open vs. closed, vertical vs.
horizontal, etc. Larry Ellison's thoughts on the proprietary cloud aside, an
open cloud environment is inevitable. Companies will have a variety of tools
and technologies working together to comprise the future cloud landscape.
But, to be successful, a company using cloud technologies requires an open
organization where the IT department and line of business embrace each other
as partners in the venture. Therefore an investment in cloud computing, more
than previous technology shifts, requires an investment in the IT
department's people and processes.
Why? Because the primary benefit of cloud computing is that it provides an
organization with the tools to respond rapidly to the changing needs of the
business and its custom... (more)