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HP Discover CIO Summit asks: Is Netflix's cloud strategy leadership or an anomaly?

cloud.jpgHP Discover’s CIO Summits allow CIOs to dig deeper into subjects of particular interest. In the cloud breakout in Las Vegas last week, CIOs presented their viewpoints and learned more about the state of cloud strategy at HP IT. Obviously, cloud is a big deal for CIOs—HP IT said that what took them three months to provision now takes just 11 hours! This is how you spell enterprise agility when you think of provisioning development environments in particular.


A major retailer’s IT leader then asked, “Do you believe that we should transfer our existing apps to the cloud? Should we keep them where they are? Or should we just consider cloud as a bursting approach for our existing stuff?”

5 secrets every IT leader should know about being a successful broker of services

Several years ago, I had a discussion with David Cannon, the author of the ITIL Service Operation and ITIL Service Strategy books. “Myles,” he said to me, “everything we do now is about the business service.” For some time, those of us within the IT management industry have been suggesting that cloud and other disruptive technologies have fundamentally changed the CIO’s role into that of a services broker.


Truman.jpgSo, how do CIOs and their teams effectively manage services when they are no longer solely responsible for creating and delivering everything in their portfolio? I think it’s no different than a marketing department deciding to use channel partners in addition to its direct sales force. IT remains responsible for the quality of what’s delivered, and the buck still stops with the CIO (apologies to Harry S. Truman).

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