Cloud computing presents the opportunity to turn IT into a more effective, more responsive business service and source of business innovation. With its model of on-demand access to pools of trusted infrastructure and services, cloud promises to de-couple business initiatives from the IT capability needed to drive them.
For IT, that means some fundamental restructuring and re-skilling; for the business it means transformative improvements in the speed, flexibility, efficiency, competitiveness and innovative potential of organizations of all types – from large corporations and government departments to start-ups and SMEs.
Cloud has the potential to remove many of the constraints associated with traditional IT. Instead of new initiatives being dependent on systems and software that take months or even years to build-up, cloud computing services can simply be provisioned to support the business need — when and in the quantity required.
Whether delivered by Fujitsu or through its network of independent software vendors (ISVs) and consulting partners, cloud solutions present an array of opportunities that include cutting costs, underpinning growth, driving innovation and making the business truly agile.
Under constant pressure to take cost out of their operations, organizations of all sizes expect their IT to deliver more value for less expense. Cloud computing has the potential to restructure the IT budget by eliminating up-front spend on IT, providing IT capability on a pay-per-use basis, and moving key applications and services to multi-tenancy architectures.
Whether the business challenge is expanding into new markets, attracting and retaining new customers, executing M&A strategy or speeding time-to-market for new products and services, cloud allows organizations to rapidly and easily scale up their operations to support business goals.
Cloud has the potential to dramatically change the business landscape by enabling rapid innovation. Cloud reduces the risk and cost of entering new markets, experimenting with and testing new products and services, removes barriers for greater collaborations.
The cloud model, with its flexible infrastructures and on-demand pricing, is starting to reset the expectations for IT within business. It presents the opportunity for IT to be re-casted as an enabler of business agility — rather than an inhibitor of business change.