Recipe for Cloud Framework: One Part Technology, Nine Parts Process

Every month, I have the privilege of participating in Intel’s Enterprise Board of Advisors (EBOA) program. EBOA gives Intel a boots-on-the-ground perspective from the outside world, with feedback that helps the larger Intel make future product decisions. Think of it as an opportunity for our largest corporate clients to let us know that “this is what’s working,” or “this is what you need to tweak,” or even “what were you thinking?” (Obviously we much prefer to hear the former, but reality doesn’t always match the script).

In our last EBOA Data Center Working Group session, a member from a large European-based company gave an excellent presentation on their experiences implementing a cloud framework, which the member described as one part technology to nine parts process. I really liked that analogy. In another discussion I had today with a CIO of a Commonwealth government agency regarding the cloud recipe, I heard exactly the same thing, stated slightly differently.

Hmm… Maybe we’re on to something here.

Admittedly, and from a somewhat selfish perspective, the recipe couldn’t have been better timed to introduce my current industry perspective on Data Center Knowledge. This week’s post discusses my third fundamental truth of cloud computing strategy: your cloud ecosystem is only as robust and adaptable as the sum of its parts.

The article introduces the concept that your cloud framework will likely only be as mature (and by default, robust) as the organization it comes from. I expand on the topic by suggesting that the source of this maturity/robustness is your enterprise architecture (EA). In yet another example of perfect timing (maybe I should have gone to San Francisco this week), a presentation from the recent Intel Developers Forum (IDF) titled  Intel IT’s Journey to Cloud Computing also links maturity to successful cloud readiness.

I think you’ll find the article interesting. As always, I welcome your feedback. In particular, I’m interested in whether you’ve seen evidence in your own company or others that a cloud framework is constrained by the maturity of the organization it comes from. I believe there’s a related discussion to be had here based on other feedback I’m receiving: it’s also important to consider the maturity of the cloud service provider. Unfortunately, that discussion will need to wait for another time!

You can read the current industry perspective, and join in the discussion on Data Center Knowledge. For more information or answers to your questions, please feel free to contact me on LinkedIn.