How to change IT from 1.0 to 2.0

April 23, 2012

Diagram showing economics of cloud computing v...

Diagram showing economics of cloud computing versus traditional IT, including capital expenditure (CapEx) and operational expenditure (OpEx) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joe Robens recently published an article named WORKING IN AN IT 1.0 WORLD – DAY 5 #B03.

He has a list of recommendations how to change your corporate information technology from the last to the current century.

I would like to share his recommendations with you.

  • Embrace BYO (Bring Your Own)
    • Get your policy in place now! You need to understand this progressive user group to service them better.
    • Your internal customers will challenge and push your applications in the right direction and in many cases will pay, in part, for it themselves!
  • Migrate systems to the cloud (where possible)
    • Many vendors are moving their serves to the cloud. The age of enterprise license models and paying for people to not use your applications is over. Talk to your vendors about migration planning.
    • The sooner you understand how to operate in the SaaS (Software as a Service) space the sooner you can gain the cost of scale. SaaS is not going anywhere because “I have a device in my pocket” that demands you move your services there.
  • Revisit your Data-centre needs
    • As a single entity IT operation your buying power is very limited. You are also killing your OPEX (Operating Expenses) with power experts, networks experts & configuration managers. IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) gives you the cost of scale and through virtualization you no longer need all the employees to manage your infrastructure.
    • IaaS service providers have buying power. They have power experts, network techs and configuration gurus. You pay as you need it and much like SaaS are not paying for what you do not use.
  • Develop applications in cloud
    • This is moderately new thinking but as the demand to have device agnostic application presses against IT, having a PaaS (Platform as a Service) to deliver from assists with control and access to your applications.
    • You can add this stack to the cloud offering and leverage cost of scale.
    • The reality of delivering applications into the hands of the end users can be realised.
  • Embrace mobility
    • A mobility revolution began in 2010. With smart phones, tablets a ultra-portable laptops the idea of a physical desktop is slipping away. The hardware in these devices are more than substantial to deal with web apps and native apps.
    • Planning your IT roadmap from a mobility centric offering will help in the long-term adoption of IT as a service provider.
  • Realign IT roles
    • The painful truth is that if you want to manage systems you need to change your job to a cloud based service provider.
    • People who manage these systems should now manage the vendor/service providers.

So far Joe’s recommendations. Do you agree with him? Which recommendations would you add?