In the immortal words of Voltaire
(and more recently - Spiderman) - "With
Great Power Comes Great Responsibility." No more is this true than
with a line of business executives' new found power over the adoption of
innovation and new technology with much thanks
to cloud computing.
Among the great benefits of cloud
from the eyes of a business executive is the ability to better influence and
often decide what technology an organization selects. With no software and hardware to buy and
manage, the business manager can easily subscribe to a new cloud application service
and be up and running in no time. This
is in stark contrast to the typical wait time of months or even years for a
large software implementation. Accelerating
the speed of adoption empowers the manager to select a new technology that will
help their particular line of business with very little input from the IT
organization. And because upfront costs
are lower and categorized as an operational expense, the approval process is
typically much easier. Get it fast,
without the hassle - what could go wrong, right?
With the business manager’s new
found power from the cloud comes the added responsibility to not only ensure an
application service addresses the immediate business challenges or opportunity,
but that it also contains certain characteristics in terms of how the
application service is built and delivered. Otherwise, the promised benefits of having greater business agility and
fast access to innovation and data, which makes cloud so attractive to executives
in the first place, quickly starts to erode.
Let me explain.
In a new independent market
research report commissioned by Oracle and entitled "Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad, and
the Ugly", almost 1500 business managers from around the globe
and representing companies with revenues over £50 million were asked about their take
on the cloud. What makes this study so
unique is that it looks at cloud computing through the lens of the business
manager and executive. Respondent titles
included vice presidents of sales, heads of human resources, CFOs, risk
officers, etc. rather than the typical sample of IT professionals. Now that the business manager has a bigger
voice when it comes to technology, it only makes sense to hear what they have
Read the global Press
Release announcing the survey Here.
Stay tuned for part two and three of this blog that dives
deeper into “Cloud Facts for Business Managers” and other interesting findings
from the survey.