The Challenge For Cloud Computing
Consumers are driving cloud adoption far faster than enterprise IT can accept. Analytically speaking, consumers are driving this incredible rate of change for enterprise employers. The challenge one faces is that cloud computing is leading an enormous change in the enterprise IT environment, which can broadly be called the “consumerization” of IT, and this phenomenon has somehow to cater for the needs of consumers.
The problem that follows this “consumerization” prodigy is that while consumers are wandering around with their personal clouds in their pockets, a whole lot of that cloud belongs to someone else; it belongs to another interest. So one’s personal consumption of a cloud is quite literally a threat to one’s employer. To make things clearer, take the example of the padding oracle attacks, which were predominantly initiated by common users; common users who clicked on an attachment in an email and let the bad guys in.
For most of the enterprise world, the public cloud is nothing but a menace. Yet one sees clear benefits and enormous cost advantages in the public cloud. So, the main challenge is redefined: to try to evolve what today is an enterprise IT process built around people, and consequently translate it into something that is more efficient and that takes advantage of the revolutions in technology but does not throw out the baby with the bath water.
In a nutshell, the real challenge is how to adopt this technology in a world where the rate of adoption is governed not by the technology, but by the rate at which humans can evolve their skill sets as they face new technologies. Arguably, this is what enterprise IT is all about. Thought provokingly, the rate at which enterprise IT will adopt cloud computing is the rate at which one can retire legacy skill sets from the enterprise IT department.
The human race experiences and lives in linear time; we think about what to do tomorrow, but when tomorrow comes, technology has moved exponentially up the curve a whole lot more than the average person could ever grasp. So, here we sit as humans in what our rough experience of computers is, but the world is radically different in terms of innovation. The dare is how to make humans evolve quicker so that they can adopt these sweeping technologies and do so in a way that is safe and secure. For the human species, this is the challenge of cloud computing.
By Haris Smith
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