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Cloud computing momentum: What it means for CIOs and IT departments

Cloud computing has gone from being scoffed at by CIOs to being one of the top two CIO concerns of 2010. This on-demand Webcast explains why.

Cloud computing has gone from being scoffed at by CIOs to being one of the top two CIO concerns of 2010. TechRepublic and ZDNet recently did a Webcast in which ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and I discussed the full range of issues that IT leaders face when considering if and how to implement cloud computing.

Some of specific topics included:

  • The different flavors of cloud computing
  • Security concerns
  • Compliance with the cloud
  • Cloud-washing
  • Private cloud vs. public cloud
  • Bringing legacy code to the cloud
  • How the cloud will affect IT jobs

The live Webcast was on May 25 and it was called CIO Essentials for Cloud Computing 3.0. It is now available on-demand (registration required).

I would describe this as a very frank and lively discussion, including some interaction with the live audience. If you're grappling with cloud deployment, you'll definitely want to listen to this one.


Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.


Great article. Forecast Cloudy?... just remember that whenever you put something outside your four walls, you give up exclusive control of security, risk, management, etc. Make certain your solutions providers and everyone else supporting your cloud endeavors is rock-solid. Google "The Business-Technology Weave" for some great reading on all things I.T. - as that blogger says, "In the realm of risk, unmanaged possibilities become probabilities"...


Not sure I buy into all of the "cloud" hype. I haven't had ANYONE explain to me how this is so much different than the old "ASP" model (Application Service Provider") that died on the vine a few years ago. There was a LOT of hype around that too, only now with "cloud" computing the system environment is even more exposed and the security "attack surface" is much larger, and much more difficult to manage. I have written on this topic as it relates to SAP (ERP) and other "cloud" ERP offerings. I'm not so much opposed to the "cloud" as I am all of the hype and hoopla surrounding it. ============ This article talks about how SAP has completely missed a key opportunity to help the customer base understand the real issues with "cloud" computing. Where SAP is Missing a Key Business and Market Opportunity for Leadership

Tommy S.
Tommy S.

Just put a nice word on something thats abstract in order to be able to market it better.


Totally Agree. I can not see mission critical systems going into cloud.

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