Matching Technology Needs to Business Strategy - Part 2

Make The Cloud Part of Your Technology Solution

The notion of focusing on the "core business" is an old concept where we try to minimize time and expense in areas which are not directly related to our products. Businesses were forced to build computer rooms and struggle to manage them to have better control over their technology services.

With this came the necessity to manage fire-protection, cooling, backup and physical security as well as to hire, motivate and develop computer staff.  In any downtown building you have dozens of businesses, all buying and maintaining almost identical data centers. I've seen businesses spend upwards of 6% of annual revenue on technology and still be less than satisfied.

I've never been one to wax lyrical about every new gizmo that comes out - far from it. But I have to admit the Cloud will ultimately change our lives forever. For once I see a number of landmark technologies working together ...

  • The Cloud - offering storage and software with performance, reliability and security.
  • Virtualization -migrate servers and workstations between different physical hardware.
  • Mobility - provide access to my data and programs from "any device, anywhere, anytime"

Each of these technologies has finally achieved maturity and provides clean support for each of the other two - I cannot think of another  time in my entire technical career when I could say this.

Think of the Cloud as the end point  to contain all the servers, software, and storage - in as much as you don't know how the electricity comes out of the wall, you do not need to know how these services are delivered to you - only that they are available 24/7.

Virtualization provides a way of configuring distant "virtual servers and desktops"  so that the resources are used efficiently, are redundant and flexible enough to be moved easily to new hardware at another site if desired.
Mobility represents the laptops, iPads, Desktops, iPhones, Android devices that we use as various "windows" into all these programs and data.

The cloud is designed to help businesses which expand and contract with seasons , cannot afford fulltime computer support or who are tired of trying to manage complex I.T. infrastructure. Ultimately, no business will be able to deliver the same level of service and pricing compared to the cloud providers.

Mark Bonner can be reached through match@bm2b.ca.  Just enter "Question for Mark" in the subject line.

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