The CloudLife Commentary: The cloud is here to stay, now it becomes about choices. Do we select a hybrid private cloud (on-premises) or go the public cloud route? Do we use Op-EX or Cap-Ex? Is our data secure on the public cloud or do we need to make additional protection? Should we partner with a small innovative company (higher risk, larger reward) or an established large player that meets most of our needs (lower innovation, but less risk)?
It is very important to be thorough and make the right choices, as it will impact the "real" ROI you may recieve from going into the cloud.
Article Excerpt: "When the CEO of a rust-belt manufacturer speaks of cloud computing as critical to his company’s business strategies for competing globally, it’s clear a fundamental shift is underway. Nearly every manufacturing company I’ve spoken with in the last ninety days has a mobility roadmap and is also challenged to integrate existing ERP, pricing and fulfillment systems into next-generation selling platforms.
One of the most driven CEOs I’ve met in manufacturing implemented a cloud-based channel management, pricing, quoting and CRM system to manage direct sales and a large distributor network across several countries. Manufacturers are bringing an entirely new level of pragmatism to cloud computing, quickly deflating its hype by pushing for results on the shop floor."