The Open Group’s new book, “Cloud Computing for Business: An Open Group Guide” isn’t concerned with defining what is and isn’t a Cloud service. What it *is* concerned with: Helping you understand what you might be able to get out of a Cloud service, and how to ensure that it really delivers what you expect. In short: It’s concerned with value.
The barriers and accelerators to individual markets and new markets are evolving and in constant dynamic change. Standards and interoperability are at the center of these issues and affect the very levers of change in markets. Cloud Computing is one such phenomenon rewriting the rules on information exchange and business models for provisioning and delivery of products and services.
Innovation can make huge leaps in societal quality of life and benefit for all; but with every advance there can be counterproductive and emergent issues that result which may be detrimental to markets. Without standards in areas that enable trade exchange, markets would be fragmented, limiting potential growth and evolution of new opportunities.
There’s nothing inherent to Cloud that will stop us making the same old mistakes. It’s down to us (IT folks and Enterprise Architects) to learn from history, to use methodologies intelligently, find ways to minimize the risk and get business buy-in.
The bigger questions now being posed are how crowded the Cloud is getting, and that cyber turf wars may be underway to grab sizable parts of the Cloud-based business through establishing Cloud platforms like iCloud and Chromebook.