“Cloud computing is not just one more way to deploy information systems. It represents a total shift in how IT resources are delivered and ultimately will replace most if not all internally-maintained IT infrastructure.” This is how Franc Scavo starts his latest blogpost on “the inexorable dominance of cloud computing” and the raise of utility computing – inspired by a speech by Nicholas Carr at a Cloud Computing conference organized last week in London by Google.
This is, by the way, the same Nicholas Carr who shook the world of many IT managers and CIOs when he published his article “IT doesn’t matter” in the Harvard Business Review in May 2003 – trying to make the case that, from a strategic standpoint, infrastructural technologies will commoditize and become more and more invisible.
Nowadays, and some years later, we´re over this initially offending perspective. We are able to see that the value propositions of SaaS and Cloud computing strategies are significantly better than those of on-premise software. And that both SaaS and the Cloud rely on integrated technologies from an automated backbone. The more invisible, the more mature. The more mature, the better.
It was Nicholas Carr who coined the matching Cloud koan in his blog: “Not everything will move into the cloud, but the cloud will move into everything.”
His 30 minute talk you can view here: