Windows 2000, Capex, and IT budget alignment: Three reasons the cloud is not right for your organization

"There's nothing new under the sun," or so it may seem in the technology world.  If you've been around the block a few times, you see common themes: virtualization that was invented in the 80's is back, hosted email from the early 2000's is trending, and you've heard enough about "cloud" to last a life time.  The reasons to buy cloud are likely filling up your inbox and they promise the world of "ROI" and "elasticity" - but does this ensure a guaranteed choice? No - here's why:

After deploying hundreds of private clouds over the past decade, there are several trends that emerge as reasons that the cloud is not the right fit for your organization.

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About Brian Sallee

A serial entrepreneur, technology executive, expert on Microsoft business technology, Brian has founded variety of businesses including a web hosting company he founded & sold, a software company, and a successful managed services provider (MSP). He is a frequent presenter at conferences, events, webinars and author of Invisibilify: cloud computing and it's impact on business, which can be found on Amazon. 

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While your bit on CapEx vs. OpEx is interresting, the fact that IT systems deteriorate quite rapidly and fall short of the technology advances is evident. A new server is required and software require new licenses as they are bound to get out of life cycle support. Keeping legacy systems are a MAJOR security flaw in many enterprises, so renewing hardware and software is important. That goes for all... Even government...
The server investment ten years ago for $500 000 isn't really worth that much today if it can not run the latest software properly.

Example:
A company running Axapta 3.0 or NAV v4 is in hard times because the server updates to OS and Databases will mess up the systems. To keep a Windows Server 2000 with SQL 2008 IS a security risk...

A very important case is also the paradigme shift in software development and consumer patterns.
The cloud has only come in to effect (mainstream) the last couple of years and software hasn't really been developed up until now to support the digital transformation that is happening. New mobile first applications and a faster pace require organizations to keep up to date.

If you keep to old technologies, software and methods you'll be out on the side line while your competition, customers and partners leave you behind...

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