In many companies, the business leadership team, the application team and the
infrastructure team are all different entities. And while they are all very
dependent on each other in many ways, often organizational goals and
alignment can be very different for each team.
For example, business leaders want maximum business results with minimum cost
or investment. As a result, this often applies pressure on IT to squeeze more
and more out while continually trying to reduce costs. Application teams
generally care primarily about the applications, which are directly linked to
the business results, but are also very dependent on the infrastructure team.
The infrastructure is often at the bottom of the heap, critical for
application success, but primarily viewed by business leaders as a "cost
center" where the business value provided can be hard to directly link to
In a recent survey of IT pros, not only did cloud computing rank as a top
three technology both as most disruptive and as most significant to business
over the past three to five years, but it ranked as the number one technology
investment most needed for businesses to remain competitive in the next three
to five years.
In short, the cloud is here, and it's here to stay. We're naturally seeing
many enterprises move to the cloud, at least in a hybrid traditional
computing-cloud approach (for now). As more cloud-based services are born,
the shift will only accelerate. This begs th... (more)