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Q1 2017 Public Cloud Adoption: Not as Much Progress as You Might Expect

Decisions about the use of and migration to the public cloud, especially for core ‘brownfield’ applications and services, are the most important decisions CIOs will make in the next two to three years, and will have significant impact on their organization’s performance and future viability.

Glen Robinson has been working at the leading edge of cloud computing since 2009.  This paper provides our summary of the state of play in early 2017 including risk and commercial issues to consider.

Public Cloud Adoption 


Position Paper

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Glen Robinson
Emerging Technology Director and Distinguished Engineer
Glen Robinson is an Emerging Technology Advisor for Leading Edge Forum.  Glen’s main focus of research is leading edge Enterprise technology solutions that will power the 21st century business. He is the co-author of our research publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization. The cloud has unlocked innovation that is now allowing the next wave of disruptive technology solutions to come to market, and whilst businesses are still working out how best to maximize the value from cloud services, they are now aware of ‘the Matrix’, this advanced sensing, deciding, all-seeing, global force that will be a significant threat to some.  But others will learn to understand it, to harness its power, giving them and those around them super-powers.  Put simply, we are moving into a time where our own capabilities will be augmented by that of powerful, intelligent robots.  A lot of the tasks we do today won’t exist tomorrow as they will be fully automated but also watched over and governed by advance cognitive intelligence.  The interface into this world is moving away from the screen on our device, to the world around us becoming an interactive physical and digital experience, which will be responsive to our needs.   As consumer expectations leapt forward with the adoption of the internet, so too is it about to leap forward once more now the Matrix is upon us.  This will change the way we service our customers, deal with our employees and live and do business in the 21st century.