Who serves your Cloud service providers?

It’s easy to sign up for cloud services. Managing and integrating them . . . not so much. Are cloud service brokers the answer?

Starting your enterprise’s cloud journey is the easy part.  Implementing a stand-alone cloud application is relatively painless, and almost immediately yields significant cost and productivity benefits.

Given that ease, and those benefits, CFOs may be reluctant to stand in the way of further cloud implementations, especially when they’re being driven by line-of-business executives or, indeed, an enthusiastic chief executive officer. As a consequence, your business may end up with a number of stand-alone cloud systems. And when the time comes to integrate those systems in order to streamline business processes, eliminate waste, or address data integrity and duplication, the easy part is over.

Then it’s time to say hello again to the pain of IT complexity.

The Pain of Complexity
Once systems demand to be integrated, the business can find itself having to manage an increasingly complex menagerie of technologies, applications, and processes over which it has varying degrees of visibility and control. This is even more apparent if the various parts of your business already have implemented their own cloud systems to meet their local needs. (Some call this the democratization of IT, and see it as an inarguable good. Others, going back to the Greek origin of the term, view it as the simple empowerment of citizens, as opposed to kings, and therefore value-neutral. In other words, it’s only good if it produces something good.)

 

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