IBM has published a good report on cloud services,
Maximizing Cloud ROI: Five Key Lessons from Early Adopters, which
offers great background information about the cloud and its
possibilities. IBM worked with organizations who adopted different
forms of cloud services and offers five key lessons learned from
these early adopters.
The five key lessons include:
- Choose the Right Targets in the Right Order -
moving to the cloud should not be an all or none proposition. It
should be an orderly process, choosing the appropriate functions
and in the appropriate order.
- Choose the Right Cloud for the Job -
understand the differences between SaaS,
IaaS, and PaaS -- then select the appropriate platform for the
right enterprise applications.
- Engage and Educate Users about Cloud Benefits
- get beyond the hype and fear associated with the cloud and truly
educate stakeholders on its realistic value.
- Plan for the Transformation of the IT
Organization - the cloud is not the newest application on
the block. It's an entirely new way to do business which requires
- Rethinking Security, Continuity and Compliance
- the cloud brings with it major implications for security and
continuity. Don't run from these requirements, embrace them
This report offers great insight into early lessons for cloud
services. It can be used to first educate service providers about
the value of the cloud. But it also can be used to help educate
"The cloud is not just a collection of technologies and services,
it's an entirely new model for delivering value to the business,"
says IBM. It's a great summarizing point - one that everyone should
take to heart.
That point illustrates that the cloud is truly a revolutionizing
trend and will require education for both companies who use
cloud services, but also provide them. We
encourage you to download and read it. It's a great contribution to
this education need.