Cloud computing, especially Private PaaS is still maturing and going through its formative years, but it’s not so embryonic that you can’t have a good business conversation about it. You know any business proposition is maturing when you can have a conversation about return on investment, and customers can openly talk about their experience and benefits in the public domain.
Cloud computing and Private PaaS come into focus only when you think about what IT always needs: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Being able to make changes in the moment and have the agility to adjust to problems as they occur is why there shouldn’t just be conversations around cloud and Private PaaS, but also corporations trying to incorporate it into their business plan.
To give an example of how the private cloud can help improve a business, QUALCOMM recently said that they “Lowered Capital Costs by 50%,” reduced infrastructure requirements by optimizing the use of resources and eliminated the need for redundant systems to support high availability and disaster recovery requirements. Conversations about the cloud are not just for talk because companies can really benefit from what it has to offer.
Before that hard nose salesman comes to your office and starts to iterate over the 100-slide presentation, ask the hard questions up front: Which customers have improved their IT department? What benefits can you get out of it? Can you share with me their experiences using the technology? Questions like these will position a company in the right place to make a decision, and it will put the cloud in the right context for people to understand its importance and value.
Cloud computing especially Private PaaS is maturing, so we need to have a mature discussion. IT departments can finally join their line of business colleagues in realizing the benefits of cloud computing in their organization with the Private PasS.
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