Information technology delivery models are moving from purely on-premise to a mix of cloud and on-premise.
It's a given. But like the proverbial frog in the boiling water, we don't see it coming all once (and frog legs are yummy in butter, not boiled). So I'll start to note for my ITSM readers interesting tidbits that show how fast the IT glacier is melting. Don't be a polar bear on the melting glacier of IT.
This Gartner survey on budgets (via ReadWriteWeb) shows how organizations are planning or have re-allocated budgets for cloud computing.
The survey indicates that cloud computing services from external service providers are estimated to comprise 10% of the spending on external IT services. 46% of respondents with budget allocated to cloud computing said they planned to increase the use of services from external providers. And according to Bob Igou, research director at Gartner, this marks "a shift toward the 'utility' approach for noncore services and increased investment in core functionality."
More respondents expected an increase in spending for private cloud implementations for internal use (43%) than those that are for external or public use (32%). On a regional basis, Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa spent between 40 to 50% of the cloud budget on services from external providers. Latin America was the exception, with a notably larger portion of budgets being spent on developing and implementing private cloud environments.
As the budget goes, so goes power, career and the process. But don't worry, you'll need a service catalog more than ever to effectively use cloud computing. But not a paper catalog, an actionable one.