In a recent op-ed article in NYT Vivek Kundra, the Obama administration’s chief information officer until last month, makes a strong case for cloud computing. Mr. Kundra is talking in the context of public sector but I think his content is equally applicable to private sector. Kudos to Mr. Kundra for being a champion for cloud computing. I am truly privileged to have a front seat in the cloud computing revolution.
While I agree with a lot of what is written in this article, I disagree that cloud computing is a solution to all ills that besets the world of information technology (IT). The one-time large investment in hardware and storage costs OR ongoing maintenance costs that cloud computing solutions aims to minimize might be one of many reasons why IT projects such as the one by Department of Defense (DoD) had to abandoned. I would humbly suggest that clear project vision, good requirements, technical delivery and excellent project leadership are equally if not more important ingredients to a successful IT implementation. Could we know more about where the $ 850 million spend on this project and how much of this could have been prevented had there been cloud computing infrastructure 10 years ago?
Mr. Kundra talks about “IT cartel” yet fails to avoid the “supersize expectation” trap that these cartels have repeatedly fallen into. The best chance for cloud computing to achieve long term sustainability is to set realistic expectations that the cloud computing initiatives can deliver upon.This is even more true when the organizations take their first step towards cloud based solutions.