Before and After

About a dozen years ago I took my son to a department store to pick up a set of kids golf clubs.  You know, the starter set with a couple of irons, a wood and a putter.  He was so excited, but when I reached down to hold his hand, he hesitated for a fraction of a second.  I knew right then and there, that this would be the last time he held my hand in public.

 

Before that day, he was my little boy.  After that day, he was a young man growing in independence.  I am so grateful I had the presence of mind to savor out last hand-in-hand walk through a department store.  I am also grateful that he has grown into a responsible, independent person.

 

The world is full of before and after moments.  Sometimes you see them coming, other times you don't.  The IT industry is at one of those before and after moments, sitting on the cusp of a cloud computing future.

 

One day we'll look back and wonder how we could tolerate the weeks or months it can take to roll out on application.  We'll laugh at how a new line of designer clothes could take down a retail web site.  We won't even remember how badly we used to over-configure systems, because they were too hard to change once we put them into production.

 

All too often business practices can't change fast enough because the IT systems that support the business are too static.  In the future we'll think of the IT infrastructure as a collection of assets that can be quickly configured and reconfigured to meet the business requirements of the moment. 

 

Over the next few weeks, I'll review some of the ways that IT systems can impede business, and how cloud computing can address the problem.  If you have any examples of how cloud computing has addressed your business problems, drop me a comment here, or find me on Twitter @BladeGuy. 

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