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Cloud Computing: The Next Generation of Outsourcing

Published: 01 November 2010

ID: G00207255

Analyst(s): Ben Pring


The cloud-computing phenomenon has been heavily hyped, but there's no doubt that it will have a strong impact on IT services and outsourcing delivery during the next few years.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • External Sourcing: Once the Exception, Now the Rule
  • The Impact of the Cloud During the Next Five Years
    • Cloud-Based Applications Continue to Gain Acceptance
    • Application Infrastructure Wars Are Heating Up
    • System Infrastructure Is Seeing Rapid Acceleration
    • Data Center Outsourcing, Hosting, Infrastructure Utility and Cloud
  • Benefits and Drawbacks of the Cloud for Traditional Outsourcing Approaches
    • The Business Impact of Cloud Services
    • What to Consider When Considering Cloud Services
  • Steps You Should Take for a Successful Cloud Implementation
    • Undertake a Cloud Computing/Services Readiness Assessment
    • Align Your Strategy With 21st Century IT Operating Principles
  • Not the End of Outsourcing, Just a New Chapter

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