Cloud Delivery or Cloud Abdication?

When it comes to migrating to cloud delivery of services, companies spend lots of time and management bandwidth on strategy and migration. Why should I do it?  What’s the RoI? Should we go Private/hybrid/public?  Which elements: SaaS/PaaS or IaaS? But there is a far bigger element that too many companies ignore. Strategy and migration decisions tend to be one-off projects […]

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 […]

Cloud new in Banking? They’ve been doing it for years

People are nervous about using the cloud for IT service delivery. Where is my data? Who has access? Is this the right Service Level Agreement for me? All valid concerns. All valid concerns that every bank answered many years ago for some of their most critical applications and data. In banking, trusting an external services […]

The Changing Role of the CIO

Once a bastion of technical experts, in recent years the CIO role has evolved into a more business-focused position. According to a survey in CIO Magazine, many now feel that their cloud experience has provided sufficient commercial nous to prepare CIOs for the CEO position. This is yet to be realised, with few CEOs coming […]

To standardise or not to standardise that is the question?

Firms looking to move their infrastructure and processes to the web, are faced by the key questions of how and when should they standardise both their environments and processes. Those working in the industry will cite the mantra ‘never outsource something until it is efficient and well documented’. Does this apply to the cloud as […]

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 […]

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 […]