The March/April issue of IEEE Software included an article, “Developing in the Cloud,” that was a great read. One section in particular stood out to me, and it’s worth sharing:
“Running a top-notch software development organization used to be a capital-intensive endeavor, requiring significant technical and organizational resources, all managed through layers of bureaucracy. Not anymore. First, many of the pricey systems and tools that we developers need to work effectively are usually available for free as open source software. More importantly, cheap, cloud-based offerings do away with the setup, maintenance, and user support costs and complexity associated with running these systems.”
Not considering moving your enterprise applications to the cloud? Maybe it’s time. Of course, it’s not as easy or straightforward as that quote makes it out to be. There are a number of challenges to consider before moving your applications, as well as a set of criteria that helps to determine whether an application can successfully make the move. We outline some of these factors in a presentation here, which should help with outlining a strategy for moving your enterprise applications to the cloud.
The cloud can certainly make your life easier; now is the time to start planning for the move!