After my first blog on the Cloud topic, find here another blog that describes the Organization’s aspects that Cloud Computing can help to improve:

Agility

  • Reduces Time to Market: Rapid deployment, lowered financial barriers to entry, and self-service capabilities increase business responsiveness and decreases the time required for realizing the value of IT projects.
  • Shortens the Solution Development Life Cycle: A service-oriented approach to solution development and a standardized architecture help reduce the lead time between vision and deployment.
  • Enhances Responsiveness to Business Changes: Improves the ability to respond to demand spikes and changes in IT supported business processes.

Cost

  • Lowers Barriers to Entry: Often described as a shift from Capex to Opex, Cloud services decouple fixed overhead from demand and enables a pay-as-you-go model that facilitates innovation and entry into new markets.
  • Reduces Operational Costs: People, power, and space costs can be reduced through standardization, automation, and elastic Capacity Management.
  • Improves Cost Control: Standardization, transparency of IT costs, and the ability to use cost or price to motivate behavior improves budget predictability, cost effectiveness, and strategic IT alignment.
  • Enables Reuse: A modular approach to IT provides an opportunity for significant application/functionality re-use across the enterprise, thereby lowering development costs and improving the predictability and cost effectiveness of solutions deployed across business units.

Quality

  • Improves Customer Satisfaction: Cloud Computing improves an IT organization’s ability to manage their customers’ expectations and perceptions of solutions’ responsiveness, capacity, and availability through the life cycle.
  • Enhances Service Level Efficiency: Cloud Computing enables IT to procure as well as deliver functionality at an improved service level per dollar spent over traditional IT.
  • Enriches Continuity of Service: Cloud computing’s inherent modularity and ability to decouple applications from the physical infrastructure creates opportunities to greatly improve the disaster recovery/business continuity aspects of an application.
  • Improves Ability to Meet Regulatory Requirements: Cloud Computing offers sourcing options that enable CIOs and their business stakeholders to make risk managed decisions to effectively meet their businesses' regulatory, competitive, and differentiation needs.