"In a fully matured cloud services industry, there needs to be features such as full open standards, with security inherent in all services, which offer 'on-the-fly' brokering to customers," said McHugh.
CIOs should focus on the 'I' in IT
"CIOs and IT departments seem to be polarised either by being dazzled by the hype or at the other end of the scale - the fear of losing jobs," said McHugh. "However, the cloud trend is slow and will continue to build for the next 10 years: there will be a great deal of refreshing of infrastructure that will demand IT expertise, as businesses must continue to move upwards up the growth escalator."
"CIOs must now focus on information, the 'I' in IT and not the T," he said, " Service provisioning is the primary economic and procedural model for the CIO who needs to champion the most valuable physical asset - the network," said McHugh, adding that business objectives needed to be drivers in all cloud roadmaps. "There must be a clear business value for each move."
"CIOs should go for capacity and open architecture," he said. "Data sovereignty is key and most cloud implementations are currently at the private cloud stage. Security is the technology enabler of being able to move further along the cloud roadmap."
"Virtualisation is here today and is already providing immediate value," said McHugh. "Eighty per cent of the customers I talk with already have fewer servers running, yet with more applications, as well as better capacity and energy management. Choice and agility is driving the next wave of cloud adoption, not technology as such."
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