Crisis What Crisis?

Following on from Perry’s recent post on banks and the cloud, I wonder if we could take this title as a state of play for the banking industries take on the cloud.  Are the banks sitting there saying, “I am regulated, so cannot change safely”, are they saying “I am so big I have already […]

What About the Public Sector?

We are all aware of the, often glacial, progress of the public sector. Bigger, usually means slow lumbering progress, and government is usually about as big as it gets. Chris Chant, head of the the Government’s G-Cloud programme, addresses the problem in this blog post, calling the current IT infrastructure unacceptable. With little first-hand public […]

Cleaning Out and Cleaning Up: cloud offers the chance to standardise

We have mentioned in recent posts, that a move to externalise services, whether outsourcing or cloud based, represents a major opportunity to clean up the assets on the IT balance sheet. This is a chance to rigorously go through the data centres and find all those servers running barely used legacy applications, unused environments that […]

More complexity = more inertia

The Cloud Business blog has now come full circle, we are returning to the subject of cloud inertia. As discussed back in September, big businesses and banks are particularly sticky when it comes to rolling out new technologies. Fear of regulatory compliance is often used as an excuse to keep servers up and running (and […]

Changing Paradigms in Banking

It was interesting to see the announcement that BBVA are moving their mail and office services to the cloud. I have been debating with a number of colleagues from the banking industry the future of the cloud in banking. In the wider services and financial services world, that is less tightly regulated than the big banks, it […]

Cost Standardisation

One of the most compelling arguments for a transition to the cloud is transparency of pricing. The move from complicated internal charge backs for costs ranging from hardware depreciation to software license shares to the time of system admins makes the simplicity of buying compute time direct off the network very compelling to a business consumer. The […]

Moving Always Costs, but Who Pays?

In my last post I hinted at the dilemma of who pays for a cloud project. There would appear to be few issues and some major advantages to scaling out to the Public Cloud, as you can pay as you go or pay for what you use. But is this really the case? The problem […]

Private Cloud: is it worth the effort?

There is a lot of discussion in the big companies out there of the benefits of creating their own private clouds using their own server farms and whether it is worthwhile versus the full move to use external shared Public Cloud environments. Of course, SMEs don’t have this dilemma, they do not own as much hardware, […]

Can Businesses Have IT All?

Over recent years, we have seen a number of trends among large corporations trying to get clarity on their real IT costs and squeeze efficiency from their resources. It is interesting to compare some of the approaches, and how they restrict the value that can be gained. Some companies tried to ringfence their IT by creating […]

From a Newly Minted Evangelist?

Those that know me well would be surprised to find me evangelising on the cloud. However, I am not an evangelist. For me, it is clear that the cloud is not just a trend, but a fundamental shift in the way IT is provided that no business can ignore. So I genuinely believe that every […]