Here’s a good example of how cloud initiatives will often be driven not by technical staff, but by management. Washington State Representative Reuven Carlyle is questioning the state IT department proposal for a traditional, $300M IT processing center in Olympia. He maintains that the proposal is not well thought through, and that the state (famously home to Amazon and Microsoft) should be instead looking at embracing cloud technologies.
I wrote about this in my white paper Steer Safely into the Clouds. Cloud is one of those rare technical trends that easily captures the imagination of non-technical organizational management. It’s just that accessible and compelling. My argument in the paper is that IT needs to be ready with a rigorous cloud strategy because the impetus to go to the cloud is likely to come from the boardroom, not the cubes.
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