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More on Cloud Adoption: "It's not about the plumbing." Or is it?


In addition to speaking with Dr. Katy Ring, our roving reporter, Phil Marshall, also caught some of the attendees at Ness' recent Executive Leadership Briefing on video and asked them about one of the primary issues covered at the event: the speed and nature of cloud adoption.

Video Number One: Paul White, CEO of Message Pad, and Ian McDonald, Head of IT at Symbian Foundation.

Mr. White reinforces the evening's consensus that, be it in three years or five, all enterprise applications will someday be running in the cloud. Interestingly enough, he sees SaaS, rather than IaaS, as the main way that businesses will access the cloud, explaining that it is more about the value SaaS applications can provide and less about "the plumbing."

While agreeing with Mr. White's assessment that all applications are moving to the cloud - Symbian is in fact already running most of their business in the cloud - he disagrees that the sole benefit of the cloud resides in its ability to deliver software; for certain businesses infrastructure as a service is undeniably valuable.

Here are their comments in full:



Video Number Two: Rhys Sharpe, CTO of SCC.

Since SCC provides clients with infrastructure as a service, Mr. Sharpe knows that sometimes it is in fact about the plumbing. Interestingly, however, applications may themselves provide the bridge to said plumbing.

Mr. Sharpe points out, for example, that in the case of an application like SAP although companies may be leery about running such a core system in the cloud, a cloud deployment would help standardize implementation and thus make it more attractive to customers.

Mr. Sharpe also states that SCC's current business model looks to encourage more software vendors to host their applications on SCC's cloud, in part because this would allow SCC to sell software within their own environment to existing customers. In other words, cloud providers can build an additional layer of value on top of their infrastructure service by developing an app marketplace within it. (This could also serve to make their cloud solution more "sticky.")

Here are his comments in full:


So, has your organization gotten into the cloud for the plumbing or for the software or for both?

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