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Employing cloud ian moyse - workbooks - whitepaper


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2012 is rumored to be the tipping point for cloud. For the last four to five years, we have heard that cloud (Internet-delivered solutions) is about to go mainstream. However, this year it’s not just the hype, but also the real user benefits that are driving cloud adoption.

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Employing cloud ian moyse - workbooks - whitepaper

  1. 1. 1EmployingCloudBy Ian Moyse,Sales Directorwww.workbooks.comEurocloud UK Board Member and CloudIndustry Forum Governance Board Member
  2. 2. 2Employing Cloud2012 is rumored to be the tipping point for cloud. For the last four to five years, wehave heard that cloud (Internet-delivered solutions) is about to go mainstream.However, this year it’s not just the hype, but also the real user benefits that are drivingcloud adoption.What do I mean by this? Well, people are not necessarily out “looking” for cloud-basedsolutions, i.e., “I want to use the cloud.” Instead, they are looking for a tangible solution toa real problem. Some users are using a cloud-based solution without knowing it, eitherin their business or personal lives. Take for example “Dropbox”, a free tool for seamlesslysharing (large) files across devices. Users adopt it because it solves a need, and notbecause of the technology factor behind it or because of the cloud hype.Cloud computing is expected to enjoy an adoption rate and annual growth of 30% to40% for the next five years—the promise of substantial benefits will drive this adoption.A 2012 Rise Predictions Customer Study indicates that 94% of IT departments expect toexpand their use of cloud in the next 12 months.“Enterprises that embrace cloud computing reduce the amount of IT time and budgetdevoted to legacy systems and routine upgrades, which then increases the time andbudget they have for more innovative projects. When IT innovation happens, businessinnovation is reached, which then supports job creation.” IDC Chief Research Officer, JohnF. Gantz.
  3. 3. 3The key benefits of cloud computing include:• Easier, more flexible access in a world of consumerism and BYOD (Bring Your OwnDevice)• Increased resilience• Easier migration/implementation• Simplicity of use• Consistency across platforms• Reduced implementation and on-going usage costs• Accelerated innovationWe still hear the “downers” on cloud computing—the news stories of gloom, fear anddisdain. It was not so long ago that Internet shopping was talked about in this manner.Yet, this form of shopping has become the norm and is continuing to enjoy compoundgrowth, as well as affecting the traditional bricks-and-mortar retail arena.There is plenty of hype regarding the “cloud” and certainly plenty of discussion andcontent. Nevertheless, reports and audiences continue to show a need for education onthe terms, benefits and realities of this growing form factor. The top business/organizationconcern, in survey after survey of the cloud, continues to be security, data sovereigntyand reliability. In a recent end user study from the Cloud Industry Forum, 62% of thecompanies using, or planning to use cloud, indicated that data security was their primaryconcern. When it comes to individuals, the top concern in the IT arena is job loss and areduction of their value in the marketplace.There is no doubt that cloud is bringing about change. We have a generation of users thatdemand access to their applications from their iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android devices.And, we have entered an era where infinite IT power and information is available to theuser on the smallest, portable devices—at an affordable price. As devices become morepowerful and the Internet becomes faster—the demand and supply of cloud applicationswill skyrocket—and the power in the hands of the user will be greater than ever before.Expect the marriage between mobility and the cloud to continue to grow.
  4. 4. 4Furthermore, a change in skill requirements and job opportunities will also come aboutbecause of the growth in cloud computing. One of CRN’s 10 Cloud Predictions for 2012is a growth in the demand for cloud jobs, as validated in a CIO Magazine article, “The ITJobs Cloud Computing Will Create” published in early 2012. Cloud computing, is and willhave, a major impact on skills across business, with IT being the most logically affected.It will also impose itself onto job roles in marketing, support and business in general. Thedemand for cloud-based skills is already showing signs of exploding. A recent report fromWanted Analytics, stated that hiring for jobs that included cloud computing expertiseshowed a year-over-year growth rate of 61%. The cloud market is growing at a rapidpace—the number of job postings is accelerating—yet the qualifying talent for theseroles is marginal.The impact of cloud isn’t all “overcast”. According to IDC, “Spending on public and privatecloud services is predicted to generate almost 14 million jobs worldwide between 2011and 2015. More than one-third of the cloud-enabled jobs will occur in communicationsand media, banking, and the discrete manufacturing industries. For most organizations,cloud computing should be a no-brainer, given its ability to increase IT innovationand flexibility, lower capital costs, and help generate revenues that are multiples ofspending,” said John F. Gantz, Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice President. Thetop three industries expected to generate the most jobs from cloud computing arecommunications and media (2.4 million), banking (1.4 million) and discrete manufacturing(1.3 million).Cloud offers opportunities to those who embrace the new form factor, and self-educateand certify themselves in order to meet the needs of their (potential) employers.CompTIA’s Cloud Essentials specialitycertification is an example-optionthat enables employees of varyingroles to validate their cloudknowledge. It enables them to takeonline training and exam conditiontesting, and differentiate themselvesin the competitive job market. JohnMcGlinchey, Vice President, Europe
  5. 5. Us for More Information+1 (800) 214 6371 - USA+31 (10) 71 10260 - INT’ Middle East, and CompTIA commented, “We have had a demand from the user marketfor a training curriculum, with testing, to support this rapidly growing new form factor.The demand and adoption is outstripping the skill base and it is key that individuals andbusinesses recognize and address this shortfall, before it becomes a serious issue for allconcerned.”More education is needed in cloud computing, across all sectors, to enable businessesto understand and utilize this important new technology option. This need forunderstanding reaches beyond the borders of the IT department. Expect to see manymore cloud courses and exams—providing the market with the required validations inthis new cloud world. Ignoring cloud is no longer an option, utilizing it to your advantageis!
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