More evolution than revolution
February 2nd 2015
John Bergin recently spoke to journalist Alex Meehan regarding cloud computing and the current state of the industry. The following article was published in the Sunday Business Post Connected Magazine on the 1st of February.
Alex Meehan reports,
Increased flexibility, the return of economic confidence to the market and the continuing trend of the consumerisation of IT are all driving the current growth in cloud-based technologies in the market. That’s the message from IT specialists working with small to medium sized companies in Ireland, who go on to say that the market shows no signs of slowing its current rate of growth.
IT Force managing director John Bergin [highhlights that it is important to be able to advise clients on the current generation of options that are open to them], particularly when dealing with smaller companies. While his company’s clients are keen to make the most of the advantages cloud can offer, typically the people making the spending decisions aren’t IT evangelists.
'A lot of the time we’re not talking to IT people, so you have to be able to make the case in a way they understand and which makes sense to them,' said Bergin. 'They obviously know of the cloud and know what it is roughly speaking. They’ve heard of it but often haven’t had any direct exposure to it. So we proceed with them cautiously, let them see it, feel it and use it, perhaps in a test project. That’s how it evolves.'
With smaller companies, Bergin argued, it’s more correct to talk about cloud evolution than cloud revolution. Most are keen to take small steps before they’ll fully commit. Meanwhile, the company has other clients that have been born and bred in the cloud era. These are in a different starting position.
'We actually had a meeting yesterday with a financial services company that was started in 2011 and is totally in the cloud. It has no servers at all. A company in that situation has a lot of advantages over a company that has maybe ten years of legacy investment in its IT,' said Bergin.
'They are in a more flexible position, there’s no doubt, but even for companies with a sizable investment in servers, nowadays the move to cloud is not as daunting as it used to be. The cloud offers flexibility so it’s possible to introduce elements as you need to improve your infrastructure without needing to waste your existing investment.'
Bergin also said that as the cloud business itself is changing so quickly, it’s a good time for companies to be in the market for services.
'The vendors selling cloud services have spent a lot of money on their infrastructure and are now are killing one another to build their customer base. They need to make their investment pay.'
'We’re a service provider and we operate between the vendors and small businesses so we have to be at that flexibility point where we allow our customers to try these technologies out, but cloud isn’t the answer to everybody’s prayers. It’s a tool that can be extremely powerful, but people need to understand it and unless they have experienced it, it’s hard to do that.'
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