The Roar of the Cloud

By Mike Lingo – CTO – Astadia Consulting

Louder, louder and louder again.

I’m standing at the top of the ramp and looking straight down the slope where all of this takes off into the blue sky, and I have to tell you it’s exhilarating. This is what it means to be Cloud-centered at the close of 2010:

We are now flying past the inflection point. We have a distinct voice and everyone recognizes the sound. More are listening every day.

I’m hearing the loud chatter at a decibel level normally associated with a flyover of F16’s, the roar of 25,000 Cloud architects, evangelists, pioneers and zealots who gathered at the Dreamforce event recently in San Francisco.

I’m hearing the silky jazz sound of sales and service sharing the same stage, aligned and primed for performance, more easily than ever.

I’m hearing the walls crashing down between IT and the business, the implosion of all that has been erected in the name of specialization and segmentation.

And I’m hearing a big sigh of relief. Finally, we can fail gracefully on projects and get to the right answer sooner with less cost.

But I have to tell you if your organization does not know how to communicate, the Cloud is not going to work for you. Those gears are going to grind and grate and ultimately disintegrate with a loud crash. I won’t be able to help you there.

What I can do is point you in the right direction. And I can help you stand shoulder to shoulder with the business and get the thing rolling again, because there is a lot less resistance working against you when you put software back in its place.

Best wishes for making a racket and ratcheting up rapidly in 2011,
Mike Lingo

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