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March 2012 Volume 12

With cloud strategies abundant, CIOs must exercise command, control

Just about every organization I know -- including my own at this very moment -- is faced with a vexing question: What do we do with the cloud, and when? While we sit and ponder, we risk having the decision made for us. The rapid expansion and adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (or PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (or IaaS) mean we must quickly but correctly figure out our cloud strategies, be they public, private or hybrid. The Real Niel Niel Nickolaisen On the upside, cloud strategies lend themselves to projects that build on past work and previous experiences, such as virtualization and small-scale forays into the cloud. CIOs have to stay acutely aware of the lessons they've learned and position themselves as the key leader prepared to take the organization to cloud's next level. My organization recently replaced one of our mission-critical, highly interconnected, on-premises applications with a cloud application. The only place this application runs is in the cloud, but because it has to ...

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