Despite today’s marketing hype, analyst research shows that the vast majority of cloud deployments do not achieve the initially-desired business goals: agility, speed, reliability, compliance, security and cost control. This is due to the gap between PowerPoint and real-life. In the former, cloud is advertised as a turn-key product that simply needs to be installed and configured. However, in real life, the devil is always in the details, with customers facing the challenge of supporting very specific business processes with a set of centrally-delivered and well-integrated applications.
This white paper reviews how cloud computing megatrends contribute to closing this traditional gap between business expectations and enterprise IT.