The business of Cloud – how will it really look?

This year's Gartner Symposium provided me with the opportunity to meet with a whole host of IT professionals, analysts and IT leaders to discuss the trends and developments the IT industry is facing in the coming years.

This year’s Gartner Symposium provided me with the opportunity to meet with a whole host of IT professionals, analysts and IT leaders to discuss the trends and developments the IT industry is facing in the coming years.

It won’t surprise you to hear that the main theme of this year’s Symposium surrounded Cloud computing. What we are seeing now, is potentially one of the biggest transformations we have ever experienced within the history of IT. Cloud is a fundamental change to how IT will be used in the next few years. So, how will these fundamental changes affect our day to day interactions? What will the implementation and integration of Cloud technologies really look like for your business?

The Cloud end goal is simply – all applications are consumed from application service providers (SaaS).No IT on premise. Users will run applications from any device that has a browser; whether that be personal computers, smart phones, tablet computers, or any future device that may be invented to help users interact with these applications. This front-end / browser interface will function in a similar way to social media platforms we currently use (a kind of Facebook approach) and will offer a dynamic platform, that will change, based upon the working environment the user is in, allowing business applications to be accessed with whichever device the user wishes to use at that moment in time.

The role of IT professionals will continue to transform. We will have to understand the process of the business in greater depth, continually mapping those processes into different applications created by a number of service providers and to build interfaces between these different applications so that data can move easily between them and provide a total solution to the business user.

And… what of the CIO? What will be required of them? His or her role is changing and I believe their title might even change to CPIO or Chief Process & Interface Officer in the not too distant future! They will need the insight and ability to assess these differing applications and services connecting these applications from the various service providers. This insight will allow them to form an integrated solution, but still ensure transparent dataflow, security and compliance. To do this, the CPIO will need tools that will give them this insight and will share experience and learn from each other via service like

The next few years are all about the change in IT, to the extent that the term ‘IT’ will disappear. Cloud computing is no longer about technology, but the agility and value it provides its users.

Me speaking on a rather windy beach outside the Gartner Symposium in Cannes – November 2010.

Written by

Bjarne Rasmussen

Bjarne Rasmussen is Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President for CA Technologies in Europe.…

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  • Rachel Macik

    Love the personal pic :)

    • CAHighlight

      Thank you!

  • Plutora Inc

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  • Michele Hudnall

    While the analysts were hyping DevOps, I posted the oversight of not including security as part of that discussion as you are highlighting here. Instead of just talking DevOps, it should be DOS (what’s old is new again :-) – DevOpsSec. As a previous AppDev person, it’s the app, who’s using it, why and where rather than the device and having the service available.

    As you rightly point, out Security should be baked into the solution.

    Nice Post and Timely!


    • CAHighlight

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  • Lars Johansson

    I love the idea of BYOID! This makes me choose if I am almost anonymous (with my Hotmail Nicname) or official with identity from an official organisation. My Identity Provider will attach identity with right level of LoA according to the need of the Service provider.

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