Cloud-based collaboration IT solutions are a hot topic among my peers – with questions such as how do you make the transition to cloud, what solutions do you host in the cloud, how do you address security, and how do you manage legacy systems on premises in tandem with cloud solutions?
These are just a few of the discussion points that I addressed today in a media and analyst event with my Cisco colleague Eric Schoch, VP and GM, Cisco Cloud Collaboration, and two of our Cisco customers – the City of Charlotte, North Carolina and D+M Group.
Here are Eric’s cloud predictions and my tips for IT leaders:
1. Prediction: In 2013, we’ll see the cloud conversation shift to flexibility and agility as primary drivers of adoption.
The perfect trifecta is collaboration in the cloud as it delivers big benefits, large reach and low risk.
Or to state it another way: mobile and social meet cloud. Think about how collaboration is delivered – the consumption model is different.
Think cloud data center: this is another area of significant cost savings while offering flexible workloads – improving delivering of infrastructure services from weeks to minutes.
Flexibility and agility are very significant to IT professionals. IT will always be held to the total cost of ownership and reducing cost wherever it makes sense. And, we also have to deliver solutions and services faster. Cloud is the delivery mechanism to do this over time.