The Role of the Cloud Broker Will Emerge in 2014
Whatever Microsoft does and whatever the revelations about the NSA's PRISM program mean for your business, the continued push around consumerization will mean more cloud services for your organization, not fewer. PRISM might eliminate email and other line of business data from being considered in a move to the cloud - but other, less sensitive data can still be stored in the cloud. The corporate IT department can take advantage of a number of cloud businesses that are designed to save money and lower the cost of access to data while revealing new insights and workflows that may not have been feasible for your organization before.
In 2014 that the cloud broker or cloud solution provider position will really come into its own and begin bearing fruit. Vendor neutral, pay-for-service cloud brokers will be able to consult on your situation and recommend both a provider and a strategy for making use of that provider's products and services for any given task or workload.
IT departments will be in the drivers' seats, able to really sit down with a knowledgeable set of professionals and figure out exactly what solution and what model works best. The cloud broker role will be best placed to help the furthering of the IT organization's transformation from a cost center to a place where new revenues and profits are generated - an additional trend to watch in 2014.
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