Enterprise 2.0: Cloud Will Boost Productivity


Posted on 16th June 2010 by cloudhostingguy in Cloud Hosting

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A group of panelists from Enterprise 2.0 talked about cloud hosting and how it will help us all out. The talked about everything from the benefits of cloud to how do you measure productivity in the cloud. Here are their answers. Thanks to InformationWeek.com for posting this info!

“What are the benefits of the cloud,” asked Alex Wolfe, the panel moderator? Wolfe is editor-in-chief of InformationWeek.com. Cisco’s Murali Sitaram tried to answer with a question of his own: “How do you measure “cloud” productivity?”

The answers prove elusive, probably because the cloud-computing phenomenon is new and is just gaining traction. But panelists indicated the cloud will improve productivity even now in its infancy.

Another panelist, Ted Schadler of Forrester Research, suggested:

CIOs should listen to their staffs and survey them. When a project has been 80% built, then survey their staffs again so productivity gains can be measured. Schadler has authored a new book entitled “Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers and Transform Your Business.” His thesis is that many enterprise employees have better technology “at home than at work. They are empowered. Employees know what to do.”

Schadler indicated there could be a sort of tug-of-war developing between technology-empowered employees, usually young, and CIOs who want platforms to deliver some order and discipline to the rapidly-developing cloud. Schadler said: “We’re seeing bets on platforms starting to rise.”

Sitaram, who is head of Cisco’s Enterprise Collaboration Platform, has been placing bets, too, on Cisco’s cloud platforms. He argues

To be successful, cloud platforms will have to be “open.” He notes that platform and other cloud standards are just now beginning to be established.

Another panelist, J.P. Rangaswami, CIO and chief scientist at BT Design, countered that there will be times when cloud participants won’t want to be seen.

“There will be times when people won’t want to be seen,” he said, adding that people will have many different communications choices in cloud computing ranging from tweets, instant messaging, email, and others. ”CIOs,” he said,” are learning very quickly how to get out of the way.”

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  1. John says:

    Does Forrester Research practice what they preach? It seems like they offer a ton of advice but don’t seem to switch to the cloud themselves.

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    16th June 2010 at 11:14 am

  2. Peter Daisyme says:

    Do we really think that this will help?

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    16th June 2010 at 11:25 am

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