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Don Whittington, the VP and CIO of a sugar company, thinks that the cloud has a sweet taste — as long as you follow the recipe.

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How do IT leaders decide what workloads or data to put in what cloud? How about when to make the move? How do you know when to use private, public or hybrid clouds? Should you choose IaaS, SaaS, PaaS or all of the above? The CIO of Florida Crystals, Don Whittington, tells all about real-world considerations of moving an enterprise to the cloud next month at Structure 2014.

The reality is that the path to cloud computing is not clear for organizations such as Florida Crystals. In a business where margins are tight and competition stiff, any edge that can be exploited to improve the business should be considered. However, change comes with the cost of risk as well as much insecurity. Indeed, you can end up creating more problems than you solve.

What’s clear is that the use of cloud computing will change the way corporate IT is managed, even the mix of human capital required, as well as new and innovative ways to consume IT resources. While change can be good, changing more-traditional businesses such as sugar companies are not as easy as many would believe. There needs to be a systemic change in thinking, the liberal use of new technologies and an understanding that the way things are done now is ending forever.

Now it’s time to learn for those who have been through the fire. Join Domino Sugar’s CIO as he talks about the real-world considerations of moving enterprise jobs, and IT resources, to the cloud.

At Structure on June 18 and 19 in San Francisco, you’ll learn what went wrong, what went right and what you should do if you’re looking to take advantage of cloud computing in your own organization.

Register by June 1 and save $100!

–David Linthicum

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