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One of my all-time favourite quotes is from leadership guru, Abraham Maslow (yes, he of the Hierarchy of Needs) who once said: “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you see every problem as a nail”. Unfortunately, the cloud is starting have a similar effect on business leaders in the UK and around the world.
I recently sat with one such individual: he ran the latest Android phone, had hot and cold-running iPads, a PC, a laptop – the list goes on. Almost his entire personal life, at least in digital terms, is spent in the cloud. He also run a major international company, with 12 offices across different parts of the globe.
Every time we meet, I’m greeted with news of the latest Android app that provides the flight details of every aircraft at Heathrow, with an instant booking service and expense form filler attached; or a data storage solution that can upload and download files while simultaneously translating them into six different languages. All of these take just 20 seconds to download and install to a tablet, and cost less than a glass of Chablis a month to run. And the question that always accompanies this news? “Why can’t you do this with my business applications?”
And the simple answer? “Because it isn’t that simple!”
An injection of reality
While I am a cloud evangelist, it has also created personal expectations that are simply unrealistic in a corporate environment. Applications, templated solutions and data storage can be set up in minutes by individuals with a waft of a credit card and a click of a mouse. Not so a cloud-based enterprise solution, because it involves interdependencies, security, people and process change issues.
To create an effective, sustainable, cloud-based business environment, you have to undertake the following at the very least:
Peter Chadha, is managing director of DrPete Ltd, an independent strategic technology adviser. Peter has been identified by IBM as one of the top 50 IT commentators in the UK, and is a regular commentator on TV and in the press.