Slalom Consultant Derek Martin is an accomplished Microsoft systems developer and integrator, experienced in developing and deploying SharePoint and CRM solutions, integrating line of business applications, and leveraging existing infrastructure investments.
It occurs to me that a lot of gesticulation has been going on about the cloud over the past few quarters: is it good for business, is it secure, will it really reduce costs, etc. ad nauseam. I myself have pondered these questions, much to the benefit of my own mental exercise, but what about the practical – the on the ground client stuff? Let’s be real for a minute – the scenarios that businesses are considering right now are that either a hybrid public cloud/private cloud or a public cloud/no cloud makes the most sense. The reality is that for many companies’ cloud engagements, the cloud is still a messy, hodgepodge, dynamic environment that is growing not by leaps and bounds but spits and spurts as the technology continues to improve and the costs continue to come down.
Anyone except the solo entrepreneur will tell you that in order to effectively leverage the cloud, you’ve got to be able to make it work with your internal infrastructure, not replace it. There are fountains of technology gizmos that can make this happen like Azure Connect, BCP for SQL database replication, ADFS, AppFabric etc. The problem is that for all of the talk about how great these tools are and some of the practical use cases are, no one seems to be talking about the people and the processes. To start filling this gap here are a few questions that you might be asking yourself and some Read more of this post