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Cloud Computing


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The Cloud – blue-skies thinking


Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of leading industry figures about what they regard as the core benefits of Cloud computing from a business-to-business perspective.


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loud computing is one of the most revolutionary paradigm shifts of recent times within the IT world. But what are the perceived core benefits of this


evolution? For Michael Klemen, discrete manufacturing & automotive Western Europe at Cisco, one advantage is Cloud within the context of pay-as-you-go IT services. “Users pay only when they need it; they don’t have to ‘own’ the software and install it on their own server,” he said, adding that a good analogy is the car market 50 years ago. “Back


Michael Klemen, discrete


manufacturing & automotive Western Europe, Cisco.


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then it was quite clear that you bought a new car, you drove it and after four years you sold it. Today, companies no longer own big fleets of cars; they own big contracts with leasing companies and they exchange the cars every three or four years. And now it’s a similar situation with IT technology. It’s also like electricity coming out of the plug. You decide what you put into the plug – it could be a refrigerator, a toaster or a computer – you decide what you want to have.”


For Ron E Brown, consulting and systems integration UK technical director at CSC, one key benefit of the Cloud is pricing transparency. “The fact that you can pay as you go means you can exactly match the demand generated by the business for the services of the IT provider, and you’re not carrying anything in stock,” he commented. Brown added that another benefit concerning pricing is users can move their costs from the capital expenditure


Ron E Brown, consulting and systems


integration UK technical director, CSC.


they would commit to on-premise applications to operational


expendi ture. “For many commercial organisa - tions this is a big advantage,” he said.


The benefits are changing


Jimmy Harris, MD Cloud Computing at Accenture, believes the considered benefits of the Cloud are changing. He maintains that, in addition to cost savings, users are increasingly also looking at the Cloud from a flexibility and agility perspective. “They >>


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