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6 financial benefits of cloud—do you know which you’re hoping to achieve?

Keith small.jpgBy Keith Macbeath, senior principal consultant with HP Software Professional Services


Many organizations when they first get started with cloud start off with something like a science project. They may try cloud in low-risk areas like dev and test. Science projects are great learning opportunities, but no one expects to see big financial improvement from them. The payoff comes when you get to the next level of adoption, and to get there you’ve got to target the financial consequences you want to achieve. These considerations will affect everything from which delivery options you consider to how you stand up your cloud to how you get people to use it.


Improvement in development productivity. We’ve worked with one customer who saw a 30%improvement in development productivity by going to a radical private cloud approach. The reasons for this are simple: When you’ve only got six flavors of operating environment you become expert on those flavors, and don’t waste time on infrastructure issues that do not add value. In addition, automated self-service provisioning reduces what developer call ‘ dead time’, which is waiting on operations. And finally, since everyone is running everything on the same set of environments there is more software code reuse as well.

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