The 12th topic in my series of “Ask the experts – why companies to go through transformation”, focuses on the Cloud.
You would be forgiven for thinking that Cloud this is purely an IT matter - to reduce the reliance on expensive and ever expanding physical data centres in a data hungry world. But the adoption of Cloud also provides an opportunity to transform a business by use the software-as-a-service model, giving much greater flexibility in the use of applications appropriate to the business need.
A good example is that if a business enters a new market such as China, it will need to set up a fresh set of business processes. Software-as-a-service delivered via the Cloud is a very agile way to do this. Also, enterprises that are highly acquisitive will want to integrate new companies as soon as possible – Cloud and software-as-a-service provides the ability to transform much more than the traditional ‘physical IT assets’ model.
Next topic in the series (coming soon): Integration of People, Processes and Technology.