CIOs lost credibility due to the Y2K debacle according to Nucleus Research's Rebecca Wettemann, and so their Cloud Computing plans must have a clear business case. Wettemann explains how.
At the turn of the century, CIOs lost credibility after budgeting for Y2K failures that never happened. They now need to be able to present a clear business case for Cloud investment and projects need to be less risky, and more predictable in their results - particularly as economic uncertainty has created greater pressure to reduce CapEx and an increased focus on payback and risk.
That was the message from Rebecca Wettemann, VP Research of Nucleus Research, at the Business Cloud Summit in London as she emphasised that investment in the Cloud isn’t just about short-term ROI – it’s about investing in the road ahead.
- Include all costs – even the little ones
- Take advantage of knowledge transfer
- Don’t skimp on training
- Make it a roadmap for successful development.
- Success checklist
- MOM – If you can’t explain it to your mother you shouldn’t be doing it
- Talk to references
- Get the roadmap
- Get an SLA with teeth
- Be a squeaky wheel – be very active in the process.
- Shortening sales cycle for ISVs
- Migration of traditional costly apps to the cloud
- There’s an app for that: Developers will increasingly build multiple components and widgets and keep iterating
- No one will have two or three year application plans anymore
- SAP: There’s not an app for that – SAP is not going away but organisations will look to streamline costs in this area
- Contracts with teeth: Articulated service agreements will be more prevalent and they won’t just focus on security, but will also cover how companies can exit from such agreements
Neil Davey is the managing editor of MyCustomer. An experienced business journalist and editor, Neil has worked on a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites over the past 20 years, including Internet Works, CXO magazine and Business Management. He joined MyCustomer in 2007.