The Cloud Era – What is the Role of IT?

How IT organizations are adapting to their role in the era of the cloud.

Integrate Data and Applications with Cloud

Whereas IT used to focus on integrating infrastructure, a new focus is on integrating cloud applications. The ease of deployment of the cloud has created a proliferation of special-purpose offerings that fragment and silo data and access. Leading IT organizations bring expertise in tying that together — creating the connectors that use the web-based interfaces (e.g., REST and other APIs) that cloud applications provide, identifying and choosing data integration tools, and designing data pipelines to collect and bring together data.

Establish and Enforce a Consistent Approach to Security

In the rush to get projects done, security is something that frequently gets left by the wayside, particularly when those projects don’t involve IT. IT can help mitigate the risks that process creates by defining and applying policies for secure authentication, data encryption, access control, auditing and validating that cloud options under consideration can support those policies.


Determine and Apply SLAs

A key challenge of the cloud is that SLAs for performance, remediation, and availability are no longer under direct control of the company. Leading IT organizations bring an understanding of designing applications to leverage the cloud elasticity needed to deliver consistent performance, of how and where to incorporate redundancy to ensure availability in the cloud, of implementing disaster recovery in a cloud context, and of tools and approaches to use in the cloud for scalable monitoring and alerting when problems occur.


Deliver More, Faster

A common IT challenge is that the number of project requests far exceeds what IT can deliver. Using the cloud and SaaS, IT can deliver more projects faster, increasing innovation and productivity across the organization. 

Prevent Silos and Ensure Integration

By proactively helping to choose and deploy SaaS applications in a coherent, integrated way, IT can prevent shadow IT from leading to incompatible and inaccessible silos of information and insight that get in the way of business planning and decision making.

Deliver World-Class Solutions

It’s prohibitively difficult and expensive for IT to be the best-in-the-world at everything it’s traditionally been asked to do – world class at data center operations, at monitoring, at capacity planning, at security, at application tuning, at application troubleshooting, etc. But the cloud and SaaS enable IT to raise the bar in finding and choosing vendors and products that deliver the highest standards of capability, performance, security, availability, and more.