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Cloud Strategy Decision-making: Evidence of Closer IT/Business Alignment?

Strategies within business involve more and more technology each year. Take, for instance, any strategy that involves the cloud. Who is responsible for that strategy? Is it the business who is attempting to provide strategic value and profit, or IT, who is most familiar with technology and its strengths or weaknesses? This article by Carrie Burns and accompanying infographic looks at who is making decisions when it comes to cloud strategy: IT or business. As the article explains, the cloud is pulling technology and business together:
New applications and business initiatives are hitting the cloud first, with many “edge” solutions going straight to the new platform, almost as a default; 78 percent reported that new applications were their focus for migration. Legacy systems are mostly being left where they are for the time being. The consulting firm says that cloud is now fundamentally driving the future of business and technology fusion””a phenomenon it calls Business Cloud. I don't know that I'd go that far. Business and technology fusion has been driven by consumerization over the past few years, but the good news is that “Business Cloud” helps and is evidence that IT and business need and are moving to better alignment.
The infographic then delves into cloud usage, adoption and specifics in regards to cloud adoption and maturity levels. Most companies identify themselves as “maturing”, while only five percent indicate they are just beginning to embark on the cloud adoption process and 17 percent identify themselves as “close to maturity.”

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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