Cloud computing is becoming a default option of delivering IT services but to reap all the benefits of the cloud, enterprises must do the boring stuff first.
On Thursday, I attended a Westminster eForum seminar on the future of cloud computing where I witnessed very interesting conversations around cloud adoption, risks, and its future from speakers ranging from analysts, legal experts and industry association heads to cloud vendors and public sector professionals.
When experts said cloud can be secure and cost-effective and can lead to innovation – it did not raise any eyebrows from the delegates. This suggests to me that users are fully convinced of cloud’s benefits.
But even then, some cloud projects backfire. Why?
The excitement of cloud is leading enterprises to overlook the boring work they need to do beforehand to yield the full benefits of the cloud. Ovum analyst Gary Barnett illustrated this best in his (PowerPoint-free!) session. Here is an article where Gary shares the user instances where cloud has failed.
“My mum made sure I ate my broccoli before I got my pudding,” Gary said. But in the cloud world, no one’s eating the broccoli, he said.
“If you don’t clean up your data before putting it on the cloud platform, you will have cloudy rubbish.” He also pointed that some users are finding cloud expensive because they are not building proper policies and guidelines around its use.
Experts at the seminar insisted cloud is a secure way of doing IT and cloud breaches are usually because of users’ “silly and predictable passwords” and their lack of awareness. Gary urged enterprises to educate users on the loopholes of predictable passwords.
“No one loves the boring stuff. But just like you have to eat your greens, you have to do all the boring stuff before adopting the cloud. Otherwise you’re just transferring onsite mess offsite,” Gary said.
The “Eat your greens” theme continued throughout the seminar and the floor roared out laughing when Microsoft’s cloud director Maurice Martin said: “In my case, the greens were the cabbages, broccoli was too posh.”