Over the past 40 years or so we have moved from centralised mainframe computing onto client/server applications and there began the stacking of beige servers in every server room.
By Dan Card 69 0
Looking into the crystal ballFor starter’s I don’t have a crystal ball (if I did I would probably have won the lottery and be on an island somewhere hot), so predicting the future isn’t that easy. We can however at least give it a go.
Evolution of ComputingOver the past 40 years or so we have moved from centralised mainframe computing onto client/server applications and there began the stacking of beige servers in every server room. We then realised we could consolidate, and swapped out the numerous beige servers for fewer but larger shiny silver rack mount servers running virtual machines. Once we had virtualised as much as possible the next logical step was to then consume these offerings as a service. This is what we currently describe as Cloud computing. Whilst evolution has provided the ability to allow us to consume serviced offerings today, the stark reality is we are currently somewhere between the adoption curves of virtualisation and cloud.The question on many people’s minds is what does life look like for IT post-cloud? For this prediction I’m going to assume that cloud has been adopted by the masses as opposed to the world moving into an era of cyber warfare where secrecy is paramount and the idea of using multi-tenant services is off the cards. For this prediction, the IT department now has the role of a cloud broker.
Internal IT organisation gap analysisThe following matrix outlines typical existing IT departmental capability, with a view that in the post cloud era requirement in a particular organisation capability will increase, reduce or remain the same: So the GAP analysis produced is very high level and incredibly speculative, I have however begun to consider the likelihood and impact of changes to the technology landscape; who knows maybe at some point we will have answers to questions such as:
- Will my level 1 headcount need to increase and level 2/3 be offset to vendors and cloud providers?
- Will we rely on a far greater maturity of supplier management?
- Will IT security internally become outsourced to cloud providers?
- With the increase in 3rd party services and solutions increase the requirement for strong central governance?
- How will cyber warfare affect the corporate IT landscape?
- Will cloud be overtaken by a far greater disruptive force?