Cloud CIO: How cloud computing changes IT staffs

By Bernard Golden, CIO |  On-demand Software, CIO role

You'll notice that only one of these five changes relates to infrastructure personnel. It's an unfortunate reality that many people view cloud computing as purely a infrastructure modernization project without recognizing the further ramifications of running a cloud computing environment. It's not surprising that this is so, but it presages a lengthy disillusionment when the other ramifications of running a cloud computing infrastructure begin to sink in. What one can say with confidence is that when infrastructure changes, so too must the superstructure in order to align with the underlying foundation.

This is familiar territory for those acquainted with Clayton Christensen. He extensively addresses the challenges institutions face when attempting to apply an innovation without modifying the general practices of the organization. His prescription for this is for the existing institution to set up a separate, segregated organization chartered with implementing the innovation and achieving the necessary operational and financial results. Applied to IT organizations, this would advocate setting up a cloud "subsidiary," chartered with creating a new mode of operating. The challenges of doing such a thing for most IT organizations are obvious, but it's a thought.

Bernard Golden is CEO of consulting firm HyperStratus, which specializes in virtualization, cloud computing and related issues. He is also the author of "Virtualization for Dummies," the best-selling book on virtualization to date.

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