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The approach of moving functions in small chunks was one Tengku Azrul Tengku Azahar, Head of IT, UDA Holdings, had experienced. "We were able to see the effects of cloud computing by moving a small portion of data to the cloud. This led to heavier use as we became more assured of its effectiveness," he said.
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Getting management to agree to cloud computing was another challenge. While IT leaders could see the potential business gains, Rajendran Subramaniam, Head of IT, Baba Products (M) Bhd suggested that service providers play a larger part in educating management of cloud's impact on the bottom line. "Ultimately, IT has to support business goals," he said. "The advantages cloud computing brings is not always clear from a business perspective. It is crucial to put forward a business case for adopting cloud services."
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Ng Teng Yong, Vice President, IT, Haisan Resources agreed, stating that enterprise leaders were looking towards IT in their drive to gain a competitive edge. However, there was still confusion on what cloud could actually deliver and the risks involved.
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With applications playing a vital role in growth, Partha Bahttacharyya, ERP Project Manager, Gold Coin Holdings, questioned the deployment of applications in the cloud. "Cloud is changing the way applications are delivered," said Microsoft's Teoh Khim Khoon. "Applications play a large part in the success of your business. The platform for applications delivery will depend on your business objectives."
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Cloud's speed, volume and cross-country performance issues were also raised by Tong Shew Long, Senior Manager IT, Tomei Consolidated. Nagalingam Kathirgamer, Product Sales Specialist, Cisco Systems, Malaysia pointed out that poor infrastructure issues such as weak telecommunications signals would continue to have an adverse impact regardless of the technology platform. Similarly, in countries such as China where there were strict regulations, firewalls and other controls in place, speed of access would continue to be uncertain.
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The success an organisation could reap from cloud computing lay in its ability to align its technology and business needs. "Cloud is a business model, not just technology. It does not provide all the answers, but will make the business more efficient if utilised properly," said Burdan.
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