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5 Project Management Dangers of Cloud Computing

Your time spent with the cloud can be very lucrative, but first you have to dodge the swinging blades, leap the chasm, and sidestep the boulder getting to it. Uff Ali writes an article for Cloud Pro about five pressing and immediate dangers that need to be addressed before you rest easy in the cloud.

Impending Threats

  1. Compression of time
  2. The ‘viral cloud’ phenomenon
  3. Managing project boundaries against APIs
  4. Challenges for standard methodologies such as PRINCE2 and ITIL
  5. Lasting, nagging questions for project managers

Configuration management options and control panels in the cloud can give off the appearance of being hyper-sleek and efficient, but the reality tends to be something much different. All the same, this illusion of speed and convenience can get your superiors to expect results much sooner than is actually realistic. As the project manager, you need to temper expectations immediately.

The viral cloud phenomenon meanwhile has to do with when your local, carefully controlled cloud starts to get too big. It happens when your success at managing the cloud encourages others within the company to add subscriptions without your knowledge, resulting in a lopsided beast that may or may not be spilling company assets all over the place. The problem increases when you take into consideration the wealth of vulnerable third-party APIs that are readily available. You can only do so much policing of what gets put into the system. Ali elaborates on how tough it can be to stay safe:

The cloud can even undermine the comprehensive large scale project methodologies of Prince2. Why? Because Prince2 works best for the largest of enterprise IT projects. Granted, key elements of it are universally applicable to all projects but the volatile nature of cloud projects, which seem to be unstructured working cultures – implement first and modify as you go – aren’t consistent. You can still be a cloud innovator, but you must keep the disciplines you learnt when all your computing resources were kept in house.

Even the most extremely useful parts of cloud use, namely information sharing and immediate status updates, are underscored by nagging questions for project managers at the end of the day. It ties back to the unwieldy nature of the cloud to which Ali eludes. Questions such as “Can you scale down at the end of the project?” and “If you leave the cloud, what happens to the data and can you still make use of it?” will remain.

For those still looking for more guidance on how to evade the boulder, you can read Ali’s original article here: http://www.cloudpro.co.uk/cloud-essentials/general/4861/cloud-computing-implications-project-management

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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