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JohnMason
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JohnMason,
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5/30/2017 | 10:59:12 PM
Re: Utility
But yet it could work that way. Providing on-demand virtual services where you can just plug into "HR" or "accounting" functions as needed brings this very close to just plugging into a wall outlet. That's where we're going.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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5/30/2017 | 10:57:10 PM
Re: Utility
@Scott: Moreover, there has started to be a backlash against the cloud and typical SLAs in certain sectors.

In scientific research, for example (both in academia and in the private sector), the pricing model of "cloud compute as a running faucet" doesn't quite work for researchers who are operating on grant money.  If you get cut off from services until you pay more but your grant has run out, that's a big problem.  Now, after years of hype and evangelism over the cloud, life-science organizations have started to move away from the cloud in the past year.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/30/2017 | 10:53:50 PM
Re: Utility
@John: This has been floated around a lot -- especially in the cloud context, and especially NIST and other federal government agencies (e.g., NIST's "Cloud Roadmap" that it put out a couple years back).  There are compelling arguments, however, that compute doesn't quite work the same way as water and electricity.
JohnMason
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5/30/2017 | 10:09:40 PM
Re: Utility
Very well put: "strange impulses of the rest of the company." Somebody has to referee, you are right, and it probably won't be a utility level of service that does that.
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5/30/2017 | 11:51:17 AM
Re: Utility
@John: I have seen the "IT as utility" analogy before, and I think a lot of the low level IT function can probably fall into this category. However, when I have spoken to CIOs, a lot of them have said they understand that and their job is not so much to maintain technology, but to really show how it can be integrated into the company and their goals. Also to act as a backstop against some of the strange impulses of the rest of the company.
JohnMason
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JohnMason,
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5/30/2017 | 12:17:53 AM
Utility
Maybe having an IT department will someday seem as silly as having your own electrical-generation department. Electricity is a utility. Maybe IT functions will become a utility, as well.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/29/2017 | 10:37:39 PM
Skunkworks
Alas, a lot of IT departments could use the budget savings nonetheless for innovative projects instead of merely struggling to keep up with keeping the lights on.

Which is not to say that other spends aren't valuable.  But, then, everyone's fighting for budget dollars.
JohnMason
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JohnMason,
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5/29/2017 | 2:13:12 AM
Hand writing on the wall
The hand writing on the wall is pretty clear. The attractions of shifting to the cloud are too powerful to ignore.


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