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2012: The year cloud computing took a bite out of IT

Eric Knorr | Dec. 26, 2012
As new public cloud plays leap in and the private cloud slowly evolves, we're on the brink of a shift to cloud computing for critical business workloads

Just get it done A long private cloud gestation period for the private cloud may not bode well for IT. Once, users and the competitive marketplace in which they operated were willing to endure protracted waiting periods for suitable solutions. No more.

Expectations have changed. Consumer technology, from mobile devices to social networking, simply works. The business version of that experience can be found in SaaS, where browser-based applications are typically simple to use -- and more important, where users can simply fire up an account on their own rather than waiting for IT to procure, deploy, and maintain an on-premises application. No wonder the adoption public cloud services continues to accelerate.

It's clear that IT needs to catch up with that agility, unless it wants to cede more and more of its domain to the public cloud.


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