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Gartner: The Promise and Practice of Cloud

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I have a few thoughts to share with you ahead of our Symposium season that continues in Orlando next week.  If you like the idea below, or if you disagree with them, let’s touch base in a 1-1 or over a coffee and explore this interesting topic.  Maybe I am on point.  Maybe I am wrong.  Either way, it’s fascinating…

We are all excited about cloud computing and what it can do for our businesses. If you read the press you would think we are betting the farm on cloud. The press, the hype, the siren calls from Tech Icons and financial analysts suggests Cloud will change everything. And, even if we keep in mind that all investors enjoy hype because it creates profitable opportunities for them, there is some substance to the Cloud frenzy.

Yet over the years, as with virtually all technology, we overestimate the short term impact and underestimate the long term impact of same. To explain this we first we need to agree what cloud really means. And believe me, we are not all in the same page.

The current focus of cloud computing rests firmly on the evolution of Moore’s Law. If you didn’t know, Moore’s Law sits at the center of how most economists think of IT adding value to our economy. Indeed, IT’s contribution to productivity is directly calculated off the inexorable decline in semi-conductor prices and the growth in processor power. This might seem obvious and perhaps a small point but it talks to the total misunderstanding of what cloud means to us all long term.

Read the entire article here, The Promise and Practice of Cloud

Via the fine folks at Gartner.

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Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. The company delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in approximately 10,000 distinct enterprises worldwide. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 8,300 associates, including more than 1,800 research analysts and consultants, and clients in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

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