The rapidly changing applications landscape provides organisations with an ideal opportunity to extricate themselves from years of technical complexity and increasing datacentre infrastructure, maintenance and refresh costs.
A procurement strategy focusing on rapidly changing business needs could be the catalyst for moving to cloud services. No longer the preserve of bleeding-edge organisations or small business users, there is now a growing appetite to migrate even core business services to a more dynamic and fluid provisioning method.
Services, infrastructure and even applications can now be "hired" by the minute, or the transaction, and the SaaS provisioning of software like Office 365 and Salesforce.com has prompted a significant shift in the procurement and management of business applications.
Of course this is a significant simplification of the problems at hand: legacy systems still need to be maintained and accessed, and the cost of business change should not be underestimated. But the future is not going away, and it's definitely cloud shaped.
In the meantime, we need to get everyone off XP!
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.