Cloud computing is rapidly maturing. It can no longer be considered a fad or an emerging technology; it is now an intrinsic part of the enterprise landscape. Increasingly, cloud adoption is being driven by business transformation needs - not technology-centric decisions - as businesses respond to demands levied by rapidly evolving consumer behaviors, changing business models, and the need to respond to opportunities and risks from new market entrants. As such, chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs) are adopting cloud computing at an increasing pace to help their organizations face the future with confidence.
This paper - the first in a series that delivers Protiviti's perspectives on cloud adoption - provides advice from a CIO/CTO perspective on how to initiate and execute a comprehensive cloud computing strategy, with emphasis on four strategic components - strategy, implementation, security and service assurance - to help guide the cloud adoption process.