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Why Cloud Computing Projects Fail


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Presentation given at Cloud Connect 200

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Why Cloud Computing Projects Fail

  1. 1. The Top 5 Ways Cloud Computing Projects Failed in 2012, and How to Avoid Them in 2013 David S. Linthicum CTO, Blue Mountain Labs Email:
  2. 2. The Problem• The hype around cloud computing drives some reckless behavior. – Speed trumps planning. – Technology goes untested. – Expectations are too high. – Knowledge and experience are too low.
  3. 3. Failure Pattern 1: Notunderstanding your own requirements.
  4. 4. The old joke is alive and well today.
  5. 5. Watch out for:• Selecting the wrong problem domain.• No, or incorrect business case.• Selecting mission critical systems as the first migrations to the cloud.• Selecting legacy systems as the first migrations to the cloud.
  6. 6. Failure Pattern 2: Managing-by- magazine/hype.
  7. 7. We are driven by the perception that the next best thing will save us.
  8. 8. Watch out for:• No management of expectations.• No validation of provider claims.• No links to a strategic plan, or architecture.
  9. 9. Failure Pattern 3: Falling in love with the technology too early.
  10. 10. We need to test and verify.
  11. 11. Watch out for:• Lack of consideration and understanding of other solutions.• Technology “groupies” on the project teams.• Overuse of articles and books for guidance.
  12. 12. Failure Pattern 4: Lacking holistic architectural discipline.
  13. 13. Architecture and planning needs to make a comeback.
  14. 14. Watch out for:• The thinking that cloud computing will deliver us from years of bad, or no enterprise architecture.• Those that confuse “Agile” as a path to circumvent architecture and planning.
  15. 15. Failure Pattern 5: Lacking talent.
  16. 16. Two words: Get Help
  17. 17. Watch out for:• Political appointees.• Leveraging providers for training and guidance, before selecting that provider.• No consideration of integration, security, or governance.• Any of the issues discussed in the previous slides.
  18. 18. Find out how to guarantee success!1:15 PM Today“Getting Cloud Architecture and DesignRight the First Time…Step-by-Step”Grand Ballroom A