Any business technology worth its salt should do more than solve a single problem. It should open up new opportunities. That’s certainly what the cloud does today. Demonstrating that what began as an efficient way to store and manage data, infrastructure and applications is now one of the most transformative technologies around.
But while most have invested in the cloud to some degree, many are yet to exploit its full potential for smart working. In other words, they’re yet to take advantage of the possibilities for better connectivity, more mobility, intelligent devices and inspired innovation that the cloud offers. All of which can tangibly benefit their people and their customers.
That must change if these businesses hope to compete with the agile, born-in-the-cloud innovators disrupting every industry.
Not every cloud can
CIOs are spending a lot of time looking at how to make their businesses smarter with cloud technology. The problem is, the sheer variety of clouds available, and a range of providers (from niche to global players) is causing confusion. To get the cloud right, it’s necessary to align suppliers’ cloud capabilities against very clear objectives, while also making the cloud an enabling tool that helps workers and contributes to business strategy.
It’s all about understanding not just what the cloud does in functional terms, but what it makes achievable. As well as which clou...