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Nov 27 2010   10:50AM GMT

Continuing the Online Challenge



Posted by: David Scott
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A couple posts ago, we spoke of the importance of defining what users, what business, is allowed to do on the internet (Don’t be a blockhead:  Block… or Define…).  The challenge of “friending” and “businessing” on all sorts of unsupported apps and enablements is a real temptation.  But what of The Cloud, and fully sanctioned solutions that are “borderless” and outside the organization’s virtual “four walls” of control? 

Controlling these new circumstances may feel like you’re squeezing a wet bar of soap:  The harder you squeeze, the slipperier the conditions.  How the heck do you monitor cloud applications for real-time performance metrics?  In shifting apps that serve business to The Cloud, you have to ensure business makes real use of, and in-turn can pivot and make real deliveries as a result of, these new ways of supporting business and what it does.

When shifting elements to The Cloud, it is presumably to save money, for one thing, and to make things shareable and easier, for another.  Take some of the anticipated cost benefits and spend a little to monitor your performance in this sphere.  Justify what you’re doing.

At the same time, look to capture entirely new solutions in this realm.  While you do, look for solid solutions partners who can help you to mount the tools, processes and measures that track what you’re doing, why, and what the ultimate payout is to the organization.  You can’t afford to fly blind in this realm. 

If you’re just entering The Cloud, and most organizations are in a fairly novel realm here yet, your tools and measures are likely poorly equipped to deliver real-time data that tracks in an agile fashion what your apps and supports are doing at any given moment. 

Here, as anywhere, it’s essential that you chart your course with empirical measures.

NP:  Black Cat Moan – Clara Smith and Her Five Black Kittens on original Columbia 78 rpm disc, played on a modern, Esoteric Sound, 78 rpm turntable.

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