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Cloud Computing, A Factor Of Agility, Mobility And Acceleration

Acceleration, Agility, Mobility: 3 key success factors essential for the 21st-century business. And precisely, Cloud Computing brings together these 3 key elements.

Cloud computing, whose contours are not always clear and the media buzz a little too deafening, yet is a powerful concept for businesses and a relevant response to the challenges of the DSI: Mobility, Agility, Acceleration!

The company must be mobile to be agile in order to accelerate its growth. The role of the CIO has never been so rushed and the reason is simple: the modern business is changing. Its boundaries become abstract (the concept of the extended enterprise becomes reality), customer usages evolve, development and marketing cycles are shortened, the collaborative mode becomes the norm in complex matrix organizations to master.

Among the many phenomena that contribute to transforming the profile of our companies, two are particularly interesting for the subject that interests us:

– The consumerization of technologies: the company is no longer the driving force for the adoption of new technologies. The fashionable uses are born in the personal sphere, and it is the general public which strongly expresses its requirements to the company. This one must take into account the needs of the new talents, that is to say, those of the generation Y, the famous “digital natives” and soon those of the generation Z …

– Agility (or the need for agility): companies become global, they must open and collaborate with different types of partners, they must meet the requirements of customers more and more zappers. The company must constantly adapt to its customers, its suppliers, its employees, it becomes open and must set up simple and flexible structures.

These new forces are impacting businesses and influencing the mission of CIOs. Their role is evolving, it is becoming more strategic and the CEOs are finally realizing the importance of this key function within the company.

The ISD is no longer systematically seen as a cost center or a service center, but rather as a wealth creation center, able to accelerate the product development cycle and the time to market, to optimize the process of delivering products to customers, facilitating team collaboration, etc.

The ISD should no longer be seen as a well-kept castle, a remnant of the Middle Ages. It must be part of the Renaissance period, more open where the castle becomes a place of culture and pleasure! In addition to acceleration, the business needs agility. The crisis requires, but not only … It must, of course, face the ups and downs of activity, upward or downward, depending on the geographical areas where it operates.

But the company must especially meet the needs of its employees who want to connect anytime, anywhere and if possible with any type of support: we are in the era of ATAWAD (Any Time, Anywhere, AnyDevice), the era of mobility. The extended enterprise must be mobile in order to be agile.

Acceleration, Agility, Mobility: 3 key success factors essential for the 21st-century business. And the cloud in all this? Cloud Computing brings together these 3 key elements. It is at the same time a factor of agility, mobility, and acceleration:

Agility, using the computing resource (application, computing power, storage etc.) on demand and according to its needs.

Mobility, thanks to the emergence of lightweight terminals associated with application virtualization.

Finally, acceleration thanks to the rapid deployment of applications, infrastructure to cope with peak activity.

But to move from technological buzz status to a durable technical solution, proven and seriously considered by the CIOs, Cloud Computing must answer at least 3 key success factors:

Simplify the definition: many concepts from “as a Service” models still make the boundaries of the cloud too vague for decision-makers.

Paradigm shift within companies: the ISD must agree to focus on the core business of its business to maximize value creation. It must define what are the tasks and the skills to be retained internally and agree to outsource the rest.

Paradigm shift within operators: the success of an operator, especially cloud, is not related to its ability to offer new technical features as such, but rather its ability to use them to better adapt to the business model of its customers. There is no longer ONE economic model but Economic models. These models must be based on business and not on technical metrics. Cloud computing is not a technological breakthrough but rather a break in the use of IT: I no longer invest in expensive hardware, licenses and rigid architectures and long to implement, I pay according to my consumption and I quickly access scalable services able to adapt to my needs. The thinking that goes on around the Cloud is not only technical but much more philosophical: it is about building more trust and openness. Providers who will succeed are those who will know how to position themselves as trusted operators.


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