Pop quiz: Which vendors are growing fastest? Which tech startups are getting venture capital funding? What types of vendors are getting acquired by your incumbent technology suppliers? In case you couldn't guess, the answer to all of these questions is cloud computing vendors.
Is your enterprise still a cloud holdout? If so, it's time to at least experiment with cloud-provisioned infrastructure and applications.
There's an opportunity to offload IT infrastructure and administrative work that won't distinguish your enterprise. Email, calendaring, and collaboration apps are cases in point, and they've emerged as attractive cloud-computing starting points. Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps for Business, and other cloud-based alternatives can lighten IT's administrative load, freeing resources to focus on mission-critical apps and innovation.