Cloud // Infrastructure as a Service
Commentary
12/26/2013
09:06 AM
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail

Is Personal Cloud As Disruptive As Personal Computer?

IT organizations are apt to react as badly to the 21st century's PC as they did to the 20th century's PC. Help them get over it.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
jfeldman
50%
50%
jfeldman,
User Rank: Strategist
12/27/2013 | 2:49:19 PM
Re: IT cooperation and credibility not enough.
Charlie, the stakes do indeed keep getting higher.  But that's just one influence.  Another counterinfluence is, "as the consumer goes, so does the enterprise," which I wrote about on my blog when I first started thinking about this.  (http://feldman.org/blog/rise-personal-cloud/)

Many people SAY that it doesn't matter what the price point is, the enterprise must spend what it takes to protect data or compute.  But the reality is that enterprises are just as sensitive to price points as anyone else.  Remember the enterprise-targeted 802.11a?  Essentially no adoption.  Why?  In my view, crushed by the low price point of 802.11b (consumer) chips.  My point: no matter what the stakes are, if "personal cloud" becomes pervasive in the consumer space, we'd better expect it to trickle in to the enterprise.  And we're going to need that credibility that Rob talked about as well as the business partner and coworker cooperation that you describe.
cbabcock
50%
50%
cbabcock,
User Rank: Strategist
12/27/2013 | 2:39:48 PM
IT cooperation and credibility not enough.
Yeah, IT needs to keep a cooperative and credible attitude toward user activity. But the stakes keep getting higher. With bring your own storage, key company data can migrate outside the company's walls and be stored, or shared, in all the wrong ways. With great access to data comes increased responsibility. Most employees are equal to the charge. But then, there's always a few rogue cases where you don't know what will happen.
J_Brandt
50%
50%
J_Brandt,
User Rank: Ninja
12/27/2013 | 11:47:06 AM
Re: IT Needs To Lead
Rob – you hit it on the head.  If IT is seen as credible, seen as engaging and willing to provide the tools, social and collaborative, that truly enhance productivity, then people will have less need to "do it on their own."  But with the power of BYOD (device), BYOA (Applications) and BYOS (storage) and more, users must heed the words of Ben Parker, "With great power comes great responsibility."  Users need to exercise their personal responsibility (even if they can't walk on walks and shoot webs).
RobPreston
50%
50%
RobPreston,
User Rank: Author
12/26/2013 | 1:29:06 PM
IT Needs To Lead
The key sentence here is this one: "The best shield against any rogue IT activities in the enterprise will continue to be the IT organization's credibility." IT organizations need to join the personal cloud conversation, just as they have the BYOD conversation.
Multicloud Infrastructure & Application Management
Multicloud Infrastructure & Application Management
Enterprise cloud adoption has evolved to the point where hybrid public/private cloud designs and use of multiple providers is common. Who among us has mastered provisioning resources in different clouds; allocating the right resources to each application; assigning applications to the "best" cloud provider based on performance or reliability requirements.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - August 27, 2014
Who wins in cloud price wars? Short answer: not IT. Enterprises don't want bare-bones IaaS. Providers must focus on support, not undercutting rivals.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Howard Marks talks about steps to take in choosing the right cloud storage solutions for your IT problems
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.