Another aspect of the public cloud that could be a challenge is getting buy-in and funding for implementing the technology. However, both Prabhu and Raghuraman faced a relatively unencumbered path as far as getting the required finances to implement the project are concerned.
In Prabhu's case, despite a lack of prototypes and successful cloud implementation stories, his senior management was supportive of his efforts and Essar has been recognized as an early adopter of cloud computing by NASSCOM.
Raghuraman, on the other hand, had sold his idea to the CFO on the premise that he was going to opt for a pay-per-use model when implementing his cloud app solution.
"The cost economics of the cloud strategy as stated earlier, found a favor with my CFO," says Raghuraman.
Forecast: Sunny Days Ahead
Cloud computing has had a tough time earning the respect of the sceptics and the naysayers. But it has come a long way from being IT's incomplete invention to a full-blown, promising opportunity for Indian organizations. However, the public cloud has fought--and is still fighting--a long and hard battle to get CIOs' attention.
Sure, there are a number of concerns with the public cloud like security and integration with enterprise apps, among other things. But the advantages it offers--added business agility, reduced infrastructure costs and scalability--are tempting benefits for companies and IT departments to give this relationship a chance to prove itself.
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