Strategic Considerations for Cloud Computing as Part of Corporate IT Infrastructure.

An interesting article on corporate IT strategy. Particularly when read in context with come of the comments and responses from the Author.
Clearly effective use of cloud computing resources by corporations requires some very careful thought (and re-examination of its IT risks).

Gigaom

Cloud computing changes everything, including corporate strategy as a practice. I have listed five reasons why, although I’m sure there are many more. Long story short: Corporate strategists need to get out of their 20th century mindset and into the 21st century.

1. Emergent strategy rules

For years, the practice of strategy has been about analyzing value chains, applying frameworks like Porter’s five forces or newer strategic-intent-driven ideas like Blue Ocean Strategy. The problem with those framework-driven ideas is they assume a very static, deterministic model of the world. They work when the variables required to solve a problem are already well known, few in number and change at a slow pace.

Cloud computing doesn’t operate in the intentional strategy space. There are a lot of unknowns, many of which can change rapidly. A small firm could develop something valuable very quickly, scale it to millions of users in a…

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Hacked companies fight back with controversial steps | Reuters

Hacked companies fight back with controversial steps | Reuters.

This is an interesting, timely, and valuable piece examining how companies are dealing with the growing onslaught of commercial cyber-attacks.

Gone are the days when a company can take for granted that a firewall and updated anti-virus software was enough to keep its data safe.

Increasingly companies are taking more proactive, and even retaliatory, actions to deal with this onslaught.

Needless to say, companies must tread a careful line here, lest they fall victim to liability for their own action.

In any event, this is a good read to stimulate thought about how companies are coping with increasing cyber-security threats. Is your strategy up to the task? It’s a question you cannot afford not to ask yourself!