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Cloud Computing Poses Serious Challenges For Businesses

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Free whitepaper talks about the challenges of the Cloud.

The Challenges of Cloud ComputingThe Challenges of Cloud ComputingFree whitepaper talks about the challenges of the Cloud.

According to a survey among 40 executives conducted by consulting and services firm Accenture, the integration of cloud services in current business structures is easier said than done.

There is a clear understanding that cloud services, often phrased as XaaS ("anything as a service"), to combine components such as SaaS (software as a service) or PaaS (platform as a service) will be a requirement for businesses in the near future. It is not so clear, however, how business will be able to adjust their operational ability to take advantage of the benefits cloud services may offer to them.

The survey, which has been published as a free whitepaper, resulted in ten recommendations for businesses that are planning to implement cloud services. Among them are basic requirements to understand cloud computing, such as the need of business models, the definition of business models and deal with possible risk factors. The firm suggests that cloud services are led by a delegated executive, who would ensure that XaaS capabilities are leveraged, resources are allocated, and necessary investments are allocated.

Accenture advises companies not to jump into cloud computing without preparation.

"It’s important to know how to pursue and capture these opportunities profitably," the whitepaper states. "Companies that continue on their current paths, without adopting the recommendations in this report, likely will find themselves even more challenged than today as customers decide with greater frequency that XaaS competitors meet their needs in a superior manner." However, the company also mentions a certain sense of urgency, as "the future demands attention to these challenges now, while the cash flow is there to fund investments and create the new capabilities required to compete in the XaaS age."