Cloud Computing – Lack of Organizational Vision Hurting IT?

September 30, 2010 by Alicia Gaba

A recent post in InfoWorld by David Linthicum looks at how the "Lack of cloud computing vision is hurting most enterprises." He quotes current cloud usage within enterprises as "ad hoc" and comments that usage of private, public and hybrid environments will continue to be used without any overall strategy or vision.

While cloud computing will undoubtedly continue to change the way IT consumes computing, it is only changing things a little bit at a time. Linthicum notes that there should be an over-arching "idea of where the enterprise or agency is heading with cloud computing technology, and then tactical solutions created around that vision or framework," BUT also mentions that "The fact of the matter is that IT is very good at buying technology and tossing it at business problems, but not so good at planning. Indeed, if you want to be the most hated man or woman in IT, try being the person in charge making sure that everything adheres to a plan or budget. You won't get invited out to many lunches, trust me." And so the truth remains.

However, enterprises are really getting beat up by business units going out and spinning up "rogue" servers, which are most of the time not compatible with in-house technology, and later needing them brought in and managed by IT. This is where the lack of strategy will burn IT, in my humble opinion.  Leading up to VMworld, where BlueLock was announced as one of three North American vCloud Datacenter providers by VMware and we also launched a hybrid cloud technology enabler called BlueLock CloudConnector, we had a number of discussions with large enteprises about their cloud strategy, or lackthereof and their specific needs.  What we found is that those companies needed a tool to enable their IT teams to spin up compatible cloud resources as quickly and easily as their business units were doing.  Rather than waiting weeks or months for resources from IT, business units are taking matters into their own hands and then later creating compatibility and security issues.

Without a vision or a plan to regain IT control with the use of cloud computing, these organization are really hurting.  While IT people don't want to run around looking at plans and budgets, cloud providers will succeed when they are able to help IT adhere to those with less "policing" on their end. Because let's face it, we all want invites to lunch.