What considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud?

We have to face facts: cloud uptake is on the rise.

Indeed, deployments are set to double by 2015, and up to 200,000 UK jobs will be created by cloud computing technologies between 2011 and 2015.

CIOs therefore have to accept that cloud is here, and here to stay. So what considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud, even if he is entirely unwilling to do so?!

Below, I have outlined some tips for any CIO who is either looking to move to the cloud, or indeed, is being pushed into making the move by his CFO or CEO...

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18 Jul 2012, 9:32 p.m.

Customers need to have a cloud strategy. A pre thought out plan and business strategy towards cloud adoption for the organisation to follow, which helps underpin decisions, evaluations, deployment and security of cloud. Too often this is being done tactically project by project and on a departmental basis.

A good foundation for this can be found at Journey to Cloud here - a vendor agnostic planned approach - http://www.evoco.co.uk/Journey2Cloud

Ian Moyse