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The year of the (un)cloud

Year of the cloud? It was 2012. No it was 2013. Wrong both times. 2014 will really be the year of the cloud.

Seems like some amount of confusion?

Well it probably just goes to show the amount of hype and excitement there has been around cloud adoption for a while.

Instead perhaps the real year of the cloud is still a few years away. Perhaps we are currently in a transition phase.

Today we seem to be still talking nuts and bolts. Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud. Bare metal servers. Virtualization.

When we think of the cloud what likely comes to mind are huge data centers run by the likes of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and IBM.

But why should organizations have to think about bare metal in the first place?  Shouldn’t it all be about applications they need to use?

The promise of the cloud is clearly applications on tap. Software as a utility, delivered on demand.

Sure there are perfectly valid concerns about security and compliance and all that. However all that should eventually cease to be an issue.

What does that mean for the IT department of today? Will it just fade away?

More likely we will see a different IT department. Folks who understand business processes and business needs. Whose focus will be on making sure that enterprise processes run effectively. For which they will select the right software services/applications from the cloud, string them together to meet business requirements, and manage them to ensure that IT demand is always met. Business consultants is what they will be, intermediaries between the worlds of business and technology.

However it probably won’t be called the IT department any longer. How about Business Optimization Services? The EDP department of yore would certainly have come a long way.

Meanwhile the technology specialists of today will all have moved to sell side providers. There will be plenty of providers. All over the world, lots of options.

And IT will continue to matter. Even more than it does today. Just that it will probably be structured differently.

The word cloud itself will disappear from the vernacular. No longer will it be a topic of discussion. After all everything will be on the “cloud.”

The year of the cloud will become one for the history books. It will be the age of the un-cloud.

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