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 […]

Is IT Strategy the same as Cloud Strategy?

The other day someone asked me why we, as a small company, have effectively two brands; one focused on delivering IT strategy assessments and transitions, and another similar brand with a cloud focus. The question was, is there a difference, and do you need two brands? Initially I was adamant that, yes, there is a […]

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 […]

Is the Cloud Like Coffee?

You might think I am mad, but I see the decision on cloud like the decision on buying a coffee machine for the office. What?!! Am I mad? No. It is a basic management decision, pros versus cons, investment versus benefit, running cost versus opportunity.  Lets use this as a simple example to see how cloud compares […]

Are you Inert or Nimble?

In previous posts, we were looking at inertia in larger organisations. Transitioning to the cloud, despite the benefits it may bring, is a daunting concept which must be passed through several stages of approval. We have discussed factors including, the big players’ belief that they have already reached economies of scale, their entrenched IT teams […]

Cloud Inertia?

Speaking to our contacts and clients, we see many of them either ignoring or turning a blind eye to the obvious benefits of the cloud. We have come to believe that there is an inherent inertia in organisations against the implementation of the cloud. Taking one big company we know, we see them quite happily […]