Cloud Computing: Cloud Computing Is the Future of IT: How to Convince Your Boss

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-02-22 Print this article Print
Increase Awareness and Understanding for the Business Case

Increase Awareness and Understanding for the Business Case

Seek out the advice from analysts, media and vendors, and use that insight to document the benefits of cloud computing. Make sure it is aligned with your internal business needs, and not with the external hype. Ensure management that the investment and payback are clear.
On Jan. 18, eWEEK published a slide show entitled "Cloud Computing: Don't Build Your Own Private Cloud in 2012: 10 Reasons Why." Talk about a lightning rod for comment: Passionate opinions pro and con came fast and furious via email. This topic is on everybody's mind right now, and the idea was simply to spark a conversation about the topic. With that background, eWEEK offers the other side of the argument in the following slide show: why enterprises should indeed consider using a private cloud system. If the CEO doesn't understand why a company should be leveraging cloud computing, it's important to articulate the benefits of delivering cloud-based services, in addition to creating awareness about the investment and payback. Here are 10 steps that will help get a CEO on par with the rest of the company when it comes to the cloud. An expert resource for this slide show is Jason Cowie, vice president of product management for Embotics, which provides plug-and-play private cloud management software. We're keeping the slide show free of product information.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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