How to cloud part 1: technology and economics

1 Summary

Though cloud computing is a technology, adopting it successfully has little to do with technology. Rather, cloud computing adoption must accommodate the dynamic requirements dictated by economics, organizational factors, and risk, in addition to changing technological factors. Thus, the key factor that drives successful cloud computing adoption is how well an organization is prepared to incorporate change into its use of computing.

This report, a two-part series, will examine the keys to success with cloud computing in each of these four factors: technological, economic, organizational, and risk. We will provide guidance on how to incorporate changes in these areas into the use of computing. Part 1 of this report discusses how to change along with technological and economic dimensions. Part 2 covers changing along with organizational and risk factors.

Key highlights from part 1 include:

  • Take a systems approach to your organization’s service delivery functions.
  • Engineer systems to act reasonably despite failure.
  • It’s not enough to increase capacity according to demand. You must also decrease capacity as demand subsides.