The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Lost
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Thunderstorm
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – iPhone 6 Fanatics

Cloud Computing: Two Kinds of Agility

CIO — A key benefit often discussed about cloud computing is how it enables agility. This benefit is real and powerful. However, the term agility is used to describe two different kinds of benefit; both are real, but one of them will, ultimately, be seen as offering the greatest impact. This post will discuss the two types of agility and provide some examples of how compelling the second type is.

What does cloud agility mean? It’s tied to the rapid provisioning of computer resources. Cloud environments can usually provide new compute instances or storage in minutes, a far cry from the very common weeks (or months, in some organizations) the same provisioning process can take in typical IT shops.

As one could imagine, the dramatic shortening of the provisioning timeframe enables work to commence much more quickly. No more submitting a request for computing resources and then anxiously watching e-mail for a fulfillment response. As agility may be defined as “the power of moving quickly and easily; nimbleness” it’s easy to see how this rapid provisioning is referred to advancing agility.

But here is where the definition gets a bit muddled. People conflate two different things under the term agility: engineering resource availability, and business response to changing conditions or opportunity.

Both types of agility are useful, but the latter type will ultimately prove to be the more compelling and will come to be seen as the real agility associated with cloud computing.

The problem with delivering compute resources to engineers more quickly is it is a local optimization — it makes a portion of internal IT processes more agile, but doesn’t necessarily shorten the overall application supply chain, which stretches from initial prototype to production rollout.

In fact, it’s all too common for cloud agility to enable developers and QA to get started on their work more quickly, but for the overall delivery time to remain completely unchanged, stretched by slow handover to operations, extended shakedown time in the new production environment, and poor coordination with release to the business units.

Moreover, if cloud computing comes to be seen as an internal IT optimization with little effect on how quickly compute capability rolls out into mainline business processes, the potential exists for IT to never receive the business unit support it requires to fund the shift to cloud computing. It may be that cloud computing will end up like virtualization, which in many organizations is stuck at 20 percent or 30 percent penetration, unable to garner the funding necessary to support wider implementation. If the move to cloud computing is presented as “helps our programmers program faster,” necessary funding will probably never materialize.

By Bernard Golden CIO

Follow Us

CloudBuzz

CloudBuzz is an exceptional place to discover trending stories from around the world and be on top of new technologies each and every day. Here, you can find what is trending from some of the largest technology influencers such as Wired, Forbes, MIT, Gartner, IDC and many more. Stories will be a blend of aggregated and curated pieces for quick easy viewing on topics such as Cloud Computing, Wearable Technology, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and much more...
Follow Us

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Popular

Cloud-Based VOIP – 4 Alternatives To Skype

Cloud-Based VOIP – 4 Alternatives To Skype

Cloud-Based VOIP – 4 Alternatives To Skype Skype is the most popular cloud-based VOIP service. Since being bought out by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011 the company has grown to more than 300 million users and now accounts for 34% of all international calls. Some people don’t want to use Skype though. Reports of…

The Cloud Above Our Home

The Cloud Above Our Home

Our Home – Moving All Things Into The Cloud The promise of a smart home had excited the imagination of the movie makers long ago. If you have seen any TV shows in the nineties or before, the interpretation presented itself to us as a computerized personal assistant or a robot housekeeper. It was smart,…

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

The Future Of Big Data Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations. We’ve already covered on CloudTweaks how Big Data can be utilized in a number of interesting ways from preventing world hunger to helping teams win…

Forrester Releases Its “15 Emerging Technologies To Watch Before 2020” Report

Forrester Releases Its “15 Emerging Technologies To Watch Before 2020” Report

15 Emerging Technologies To Watch Before 2020 The cloud, big data, the internet of things, and wearable technology have all featured heavily in Forrester’s latest list of fifteen technologies to watch before 2020. It is becoming a reality for businesses that they need to adapt and change to an increasingly technologically-minded customer base. Traditional marketing…

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

Review Before Investing In Data Analytics Big data, when handled properly, can lead to big change. Companies in a wide variety of industries are partnering with data analytics companies to increase operational efficiency and make evidence-based business decisions. From Kraft Foods using business intelligence (BI) to cut customer satisfaction analysis time in half, to a…

Recent

Thinking About Doing Business In China? Consider This…

Thinking About Doing Business In China? Consider This…

Doing Business in China? Consider This…  China’s economy continues to outperform both regional and global markets with double-digit growth for the last decade. IDC believes China’s GDP will maintain growth around 7.2% until 2020, allowing GDP to reach US$18 trillion or 17% of the world total. And with a population of over 1.35 billion people,…

Big Tech Trends For The 21st Century

Big Tech Trends For The 21st Century

Tech Trends For The 21st Century When the historians of the future look back on the 21st century, what will they say? Inevitably, the biggest stories in the coming century will be political and environmental – wars, revolutions, and natural disasters always dominate historical memory. But perhaps more than any previous epoch, the 21st century…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Inferiority Complex

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Inferiority Complex

By Al Johnson Are you looking to supercharge your Newsletter, Powerpoint presentation, Social media campaign or Website? Our universally recognized tech related comics can help you. Contact us for information on our commercial licensing rates. About Latest Posts Follow UsCloudBuzzCloudBuzz is an exceptional place to discover trending stories from around the world and be on…

Sponsored Posts

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Mobility For Your Employees It may seem a radical notion, the idea of selling your business to the people who work for you, but this is the era in which we now work. Employees of all levels are all incredibly aware of their options when it comes to mobility and employability. This doesn’t mean that…

Contact Us

Contact Us
Sending
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7 200px-KPMG


Contributor Spotlight

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Branded Content Programs

Advertising