At Forrester's IT Forum EMEA 2010 this year, cloud computing is one of the hot topics that everyone wants to talk about. There are so many implications for every IT professional from CIO on down. Forrester Principal Analyst James Staten has become one of the most widely read and influential analysts on the topic and will be presenting his ideas at both the US event in Las Vegas next week and Lisbon June 9-11. We decided to get some insight into his event content plans to get the dialog going.
YATES: Hi James. You've been researching cloud computing for a couple of years now. What new ideas and lessons will you bring to our Forums this year?
STATEN: I want everyone to know that cloud computing is no longer an "if" but a "when." You must take steps now to understand what it really is, how and where it can deliver value to your organization and how you need to approach managing it. Is it best to stick with SaaS or should you be deploying new services directly to the public clouds like Amazon EC2 or Windows Azure? What applications are candidates for the cloud, and which should remain in-house? And for how long? Those are the questions I'll be tackling in my keynote speech in Las Vegas. In the track sessions in Las Vegas and Lisbon, we'll be diving into justifying your cloud investments. We'll review the ROI of cloud computing, identify the most efficient uses of infrastructure cloud services, apply what others have learned to our attendees' organizations.