Cloud computing: Now & beyond 2013 - II

by Sharon Lobo    Dec 18, 2012

Cloud ComputingIn the previous part of this article we had seen, the various perceptions, obstacles and trends surrounding cloud, one of the most hyped technologies. In this concluding article we shall delve more into how cloud is redefining the role of the CIO and kind of disruption it would bring about in an organization’s IT practice in 2013.

Redefining CIO’s role
Much has been discussed on how the CIOs role will transform as cloud adoption increase to such an extent that some believe that this role might someday be obsolete! This might not be possible in the near future and such disruptive technologies actually enable the CIOs to concentrate more on delivering business goals, as Ashok Sethi, CIO of Sapient, puts it “Cloud, big data and business intelligence are becoming essential part of the organisation, transforming the role of CIOs in the ways they operate, make decisions and offer a competitive edge. In such a scenario, the CIOs can not only play a role in managing the IT processes in order to deliver results, but is also expected to lead people in order to deliver on those goals.”

Some CIOs even believe that the adoption of cloud will make their all the more important as Srinivas Anapinidi, CIO, CSS explains, “Cloud computing has to a large extent changed the way a CIO looks at the entire information technology system. The CIO’s role changes automatically with cloud implementation as it involves a greater integration of IT with the business goals.”

Expectations and selection
It’s not just CIOs, but even other CXOs who believe cloud has tremendous potential in empowering a business, as Rostow Ravanan, CFO, Mindtree, sites, “Cloud computing and big data have immense potential to drive business growth and innovation. As we increase our dependence on technology, enterprises and CIOs should understand how the technology can support innovation and at the same time, bring the necessary ROI to the organisation.”

However, it should not be forgotten that the true success of a cloud implementation is possible only if all the CXOs collaborate as Sanjeev Kumar, Group CIO, Adhunik Group of Industries explains, “Indian companies should embrace cloud in order to foster innovation and get an edge over their contenders. However, cloud should be made as a larger part of the corporate IT landscape and CIOs should work in collaboration with other CXOs in the organisation as well as cloud vendors to ensure organisation success.”

Additionally, it is necessary businesses evaluate and select the right cloud model, as Ramesh Kumar, Manager- IT, Trinity Touch believes, “It is important for CIOs to identify the specific needs of enterprise and then go for the right cloud-based offerings that suit their requirement.”

Cloud doesn’t just have the potential to drive business, but can also empower other technologies such as BYOD (Bring your own device). BYOD, which is gradually gaining acceptance amongst enterprises, will be adopted in a much wider manner if CIOs leverage cloud. For instance, Harish Pillay, Global Head - Community Architect & Leadership, Red Hat says, “Today’s CIO should strive to make their IT environment ubiquitous, where the work should not halt just because a user device has broken down or stolen. Instead a user should be able to take another device irrespective of the form factor and carry on with the work.”

Going forward
There is no doubt cloud is here to stay, concerns and apprehensions will continue and probably shift from one aspect to another. In fact, according to a Forrester study, India is amongst top 3 cloud adopters in APJ region and has shown a 25% growth over last year. As Sanchit Vir Gogia, senior analyst, Forrester Research opines, “Even though some concerns still remain around data privacy and security, this is a good sign considering businesses are now getting serious about moving to the cloud. On the whole, the understanding of the cloud among Indian enterprises has improved drastically.”

This indeed is a good sign, and we hope we get to hear a lot more cloud success stories in 2013.

(With additional inputs from Sohini Bagchi)