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Weekly Business Productivity Digest - 4/29/2011

Weekly Business Productivity Digest - 4/29/2011

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This is a collection of interesting articles, blog posts, etc from around the web related to Cloud, Technology, Leadership, CIOs and the Enterprise.  In addition to our own content, the goal is to showcase the variety of conversations occurring around the web in the area of business productivity.  If you have others we should consider for future Digests, just post in the comments section.

Forrester: Public Cloud Growth to Surge, Especially SaaS

Overall, Forrester's report, "Sizing the Cloud", predicts that the global market for cloud computing — including the public cloud, the private cloud and the virtual private cloud — will leap from $40.7 billion this year to more than $241 billion in 2020.

Connecting IT and the Business

When more than 700 CIOs were asked what tasks and activities would consume them the most in three to five years, they listed “driving business innovation” and “identifying opportunities for competitive differentiation.”

Lessons From a Cloud Failure: It's Not Amazon It's You

Some developers saw that AWS outage as a warning about what happens when we rely too much on the cloud. But the real failure of Amazon's downtime is not AWS, but the sites that use it. The problem for those sites that were brought down by the AWS outage is the sites' own failure to implement the one key design principle of the cloud: Design with failure in mind. 

Dr. CIO: Prepping our Next-Gen IT Leaders

It appears that the CIO role is more important than ever before. In fact, a number of executives have articulated to me concerns that the CIO talent pool appears to be very shallow, that the same people are mentioned when new CIO opportunities become available—and those positions will be available this year, for sure.

Microsoft CIO Tony Scott: 5 Lessons Learned from Our Cloud Deployment

CIOs have heard about cloud computing and know the benefits, yet they remain uncertain on how and where to begin to bring their business into the cloud. As Microsoft CIO, my top priority is to transform our IT organization to meet the company’s ever-evolving business and technical needs.

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