There has been a push for Shared services adoption across organizations for a
while since such services reduce duplication and can result in cost savings.
However there have been challenges to proposing and implementing shared
services. Shared services initiatives challenges have been related to areas
such as resistance to change, start up costs and management of such services.
Cloud is enhancing the pace to shared services migration and it naturally
facilitates the use of shared services since a cloud service can be more
easily leveraged by multiple consumers.
Cloud is the true manifestation of a service delivery mechanism and has
significantly sped up the transition to consolidation and shared services.
Cloud can be termed as the next generation of shared services since it adds
the dynamic computing, elasticity, self-service, measured aspects in addition
to other ... (more)
The million dollar question has been "Can an organization move all its
applications to a public cloud?". Instead of moving all applications to the
public cloud, many organizations are choosing a hybrid approach where
on-premise resources can be leveraged and can interact with external
resources. A hybrid cloud is a combination of public, private and community
clouds. Most private clouds are internal, however there can be situations
where private clouds are hosted at a vendor site.
For this discussion, I am focusing on the private clouds that are hosted
internal to the organizati... (more)
The enhanced adoption of Cloud, Big Data, Mobility is causing more services
to be developed and aggregated, hence there is a greater emphasis on Agile
for service aggregation. Agile processes have specific methods to manage the
rapid development cycles and changing requirements in application
development. There are several steps to achieving Agility for the entire
lifecycle. The first step is to perform a thorough business analysis and
review existing, target business processes. Based on the analysis appropriate
services that are reusable can be designed and developed. Services c... (more)
Community cloud services are services that are shared by multiple members of
a community. They centralize the functions and can provide specific mission
requirements. The mission requirements can be related to specific policies
and compliance. Community clouds leverage the benefits of a public cloud but
can satisfy specific requirements. These are perfect for communities with
specific focus areas such as performance, auditing or policies that need to
be applied across the community.
A major benefit of community clouds is that many organizations can come
together and pitch in for... (more)
Cloud facilitates a new generation of technology and related impacts that
have never been seen before.
With utility computing and on demand capabilities, many organizations want to
jump on the bandwagon as soon as possible. As the Chief Executive, there are
some tough decisions to be made. There will be people in your organization
who say that Cloud is the best thing that happened since the emergence of the
internet. Others will paint a picture of gloom and doom by citing issues such
as security, privacy, control over data etc.
Cloud can enhance productivity by providing the infras... (more)