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Cloud shift. It's one of those terms that defines itself, similar to word processing. (Try doing that with groupware.) Take this brief quiz and see whether you are a cloud-shift leader or laggard.
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More than the lift-and-shift approach of migrating existing applications to the cloud in a manner that usually emphasizes expediency over long-term strategic thinking, adopting cloud computing and cloud shift is very different. It has more to do with the philosophy of running entire enterprises from and in the cloud -- and doing so in a carefully defined manner that focuses on long-term financial and business benefits.
According to Ed Anderson, a research vice president at Gartner, cloud-first strategies have become the foundation and are nearing the norm for staying relevant in today's fast-paced world. "The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending," he said. The result is a new generation of startups and providers that are "born in the cloud."
Another key point Anderson made is that cloud shift is about more than just the cloud. In remarks prepared for a September 2016 conference, Anderson said that "as organizations pursue a new IT architecture and operating philosophy, they become prepared for new opportunities in digital business." Those opportunities include so-called next-generation IT solutions, typified by the internet of things and smart-device mobile applications. "Organizations embracing dynamic, cloud-based operating models position themselves better for cost optimization and increased competitiveness."
Startups, of course, have nothing to shift into the cloud, as they are more likely to have been born there. But, most organizations -- and their IT infrastructures -- were created long before the era of adopting cloud computing, making them prime candidates for cloud shift. Take this brief quiz and see where your organization stacks up.
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