There is a huge transformation going on in enterprise IT at the moment. Decades-old companies are discovering that IT–which used to be a small side operation keeping track of things like employees and inventory–is now perhaps a thousand times more demanding and is central to their ability to compete. More-sophisticated, cloud-based IT is now essential as companies move from:
- Tracking inventory levels at sales outlets to handling web-based sales directly;
- Managing a few employees to managing huge numbers of connected devices and mobile applications;
- Placing print adverts in newspapers and trade journals each month to using big-data analytics to do real-time bidding on Internet adverts and sales force optimization.
Technologies and practices that have been developed in the leading Web-scale companies are finding their way into cloud-based services that address the broadening of demand for these technologies, and they’re being packaged in new ways to make them easier to implement. In addition, the pace of product development has greatly increased, and the ability to get faster feedback from customers and act on it conveys a significant competitive advantage.
The opening keynote talk I gave at the Cloud Connect conference in Las Vegas on March 31 is aimed at setting the context for these seismic changes and explaining why company management needs to act on them. It also includes my take on “the good, the bad and the ugly” as it relates to the major cloud vendors: Amazon Web services, Google and Microsoft Azure. AWS is obviously leading the back, but is not invincible. Yet I fear much smaller cloud vendors simply won’t be able to attain the scale to compete in today’s already-crowded market.
Here is another link to the SlideShare: “The Good the Bad and the Ugly: Critical Decisions for the Cloud-Enabled Enterprise.”