Are you moving to the cloud?

Personally, I’ve been interested in the cloud for several years and I would like to hear what others think.  I have been around long enough to have seen the emergence of PCs, the Internet and web applications, virtualized data centers, and most recently, the cloud.  Each one of these major shifts has occurred faster than the previous I presume that will not change going forward.  When it comes to the cloud, seriously, how do you compete with the economics of the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and others?  InfoWorld just published an interview with Chris Drumgoole, the COO of GE IT, who claims to have gone north of 90% in the cloud!  He is far from alone in going all in for the cloud, but this is GE after-all, not Foursquare or Airbnb.

So what are your thoughts?  How do you decide when to move something (or everything) to the cloud?  What barriers do you see?

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THE PHOENIX PROJECT: A NOVEL ABOUT IT, DEVOPS, AND HELPING YOUR BUSINESS WIN

Well here goes – my first blog posting!  A tech-savvy co-worker gave me a copy of a book to read a few months ago and it honestly is one of the best tech books I have read in a very long time.  The Phoenix Project is a must read for any IT (or operations) leader charged with running even a moderately complex operation.  With elements of lean, agile, six-sigma, kanban, and other best practices, the authors of this hard to put down book tell a story about one leader’s journey to turn around an operations nightmare.  Having actually been in more than one of these situations myself, I found the lessons both validating and educational.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet, buy it before the holidays and enjoy!

The Phoenix Project