InfoWorld’s David Linthicum recently wrote about how enterprise IT departments must think differently before when rolling out cloud applications. The reason? IT staffs tend to be reactive by nature, and there’s too much to lose by rolling out a cloud solution and then scrambling to make it work. He writes: “… if internal IT does not change around the usage of most cloud services, enterprise IT won’t get the full benefits.”
Linthicum goes on to identify two rules all organizations should follow before incorporating cloud applications: preparation and planning. Organizations, and their IT departments, should prepare before rolling out applications, so that IT can be at least 90 percent productive after launching a cloud app; Secondly, IT should work cloud strategy into their planning, instead of incorporating the cloud as an afterthought.