Why We Fail–Or How An Architect Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Cloud

Alex Juch, Architect, NetApp

Everyone wants cloud. No one knows what cloud is.

  • Gartner: 78% of IT shops will deploy a private cloud computing strategy by 2014.
  • CIO.COM: “62% of all IT projects fail”

You will fail if you approach this project as a technology project.  The architect needs to sell this as a business solution.  Architecture is the intersection between technology and business.

Reduce your risk:

  • Business risk: people and process, managed portfolios, IT/business alignment.
  • Technical risk: use reference architecture, platform bundles.

The customer must want to do this, you cannot coax/tease them into it.  Too much change in mindset and established process.

Abandon hope all ye who enter here.  I gave up listening, VPNed into the lab, and continued building a lab for work, happily finding that my COnfigMgr clients were pushed out, updates were downloading, Endpoint was deployed and updated, and I build a few collections and deployed some AV policy.

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