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"The Cloud Concierge" - The New CIO – Creating IT as a Platform

[Acknowledgement: The name "Cloud Concierge" came from Christian Reilly (@reillyusa), Chief Cloud Architect at Citrix.]


I submitted the following session abstract to a few Cloud Computing events in the fall. Since it's uncertain if a session will even get accepted by a particular show, I thought it would be a useful exercise to just go ahead and elaborate on the concept via the blog, as I believe the concept is an important next-step for any CIO looking to align their business needs with the portfolio of IT options available to them today and in the future. 
Abstract: Faced with many cloud computing options (public, private, hybrid) and the threat of “shadow IT”, tomorrow’s CIO will need to evolve corporate IT into an operational model that is less about saying “no” and more about enabling the cross-cloud capabilities required for 21st century business. This session will discuss the technology and operational transitions needed by CIOs in every industry to accommodate the trade-offs between device proliferation at the edges and operational efficiencies for their 21st century bit factories. Attendees will have a blueprint to evolve IT from an organization into a platform for delivering better IT.

Before I get into some of the specifics, I believe that it's valuable to identify some high-level concepts and trends that are driving technology today:
  • Public Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Computing - Computing “in your pocket”
  • Consumerization of Devices (prices, app-stores, usability)
  • Connected Applications (Web 2.0)
  • Big Data Analytics and Analysis
  • Move Applications to the Network (NAPs for Connectivity)
  • Move Data to the Computer (Big Data)
[NOTE] So people don't need to read details on those concepts prior the explanation of the abstract, I moved them to the end.

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