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Vacant seats for enterprise CIOs at the cloud computing research table?

Steve Hodgkinson | June 17, 2009
Enterprise CIOs should be on the front foot to shape the evolving cloud computing research agenda

Enterprise CIOs need to pay attention to the dangers in the cloud

However, from the perspective of an enterprise CIO there is a danger in cloud research continuing to be dominated by companies seeking to stake out their claims in the Wild West goldfields prior to the arrival of law and order. Possession, as always, is nine-tenths of the law in the early stages of new discoveries.

Enterprise CIOs should start to pay attention to the evolving cloud research landscape, and perhaps it is time that we started to see large business corporations involving themselves in initiatives like Open Cirrus and the emerging debates on cloud standards.

Cloud computing has the potential to be a new, more open and interoperable model for meeting enterprise computing needs. However, it is intrinsically a game played to the rules of economies of scale, and the way to get scale is through first-mover advantage and the practical lock-in effect of de facto standardisation.

Enterprise CIOs should be on the front foot to shape the evolving cloud computing research agenda to ensure that it creates the building blocks of a more, rather than less, open future.

Steve Hodgkinson is a research director in government at Ovum

 

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