As a part of ITP’s ongoing commitment to being on top of the latest in technology and business practices we attend the latest in business conferences. Yesterday was entirely devoted to the cloud (cloud computing) and what it means for your business. The staggering statistic that’s facing IT companies is the Gartner prediction that 20% of companies in the next 5 years will have NO traditional IT.
That was balanced by Microsoft and HP’s presentations about hybrid cloud computing. They state what seems most likely to me, that people will need to protect certain data and that will still be on premise but that some data and some services/solutions can be delivered from the cloud more effectively and more cost efficiently today.
After session after session from the bleeding edge companies providing cloud and grid resources the takeaway most interesting to me at the end of the day came from Microsoft’s Matt Thompson, Platform Evangelist. He said (paraphrasing) that the cloud is still young and we have not yet seen the greatest innovations and that even Microsoft’s Azure (his baby) can use tunning and that service companies like ITP will be the ones that will help bridge the gap for our clients and the computing resources now available on demand from great companies like Microsoft.
Side note: Matt also said he loves his iPad. Between Matt’s comments and reading the announcements by Steve Jobs live as it came through from WWDC that the new iphone will have Bing on it. I started getting warm Apple and Microsoft thoughts, maybe we can all get along.