Gartner’s CIO New Year’s Resolutions: Start Taking Cloud Seriously

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loldogs-funny-dog-pictures-im-seriousthis-is-my-serious-face In a report issued Monday entitled CIO New Year’s Resolutions, 2009 (subscription required), Gartner analysts Mark Raskino, John Mahoney and Patrick Meehan outline 10 tactics that will help CIO’s “survive in 2009,” and put them “ahead of the crowd.”

Given the state of the global economy, and the fear, uncertainty and doubt this creates for CIOs and IT organizations in general, this year’s set of resolutions takes a very future-oriented tack: Gartner’s advice to the CIO is to do what is necessary to survive in ’09, but to be sure to also invest in the future by building and preparing for what lies beyond. One key finding of the report… “It’s time to prepare yourself for what comes next – this recession is already a year old.”

Cloud computing figures prominently in Gartner’s CIO resolutions: CIOs are advised to “start taking cloud seriously.”

“You will need to start leading your organization safely in this inevitable direction, or risk being sidelined by its progress”

CIOs are encouraged to immerse themselves (albeit only for a day) in the issues, terms and trends of cloud; test-drive different cloud (SaaS) applications; identify areas in their portfolio that are already helping to explore the cloud landscape; spin up a cloud app development project in ’09; and start to assess the cost of internal applications of a utility (per-seat, per-month) basis. Later in the report they are encouraged to experiment with EC2-style cloud development.

This guidance is similar to the advice I presented back in August at the Next Generation Data Center (NGDC) conference:

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All in all, I think this is great advice for CIOs, but I think Gartner isn’t pushing them to be aggressive enough. Cloud represents a fundamental shift in “the way of doing things,” and is about more than just SaaS. Many CIOs will benefit from a deeper look into the cloud stack, i.e. at the platform and infrastructure layers as well.

How do you think cloud computing should figure into a CIO’s resolutions for 2009?

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