Many thanks to all who participated in the Cloud Bootcamp - and special thanks to Red Hat for its sponsorship, and to Fasken Martineau for hosting us! With participation from all segments of the cloud community, and all of the leading suppliers to the community, the Bootcamp provided a distillation of leading Canadian perspectives on cloud and its effect on business success.
For those who weren't there, we divided the group into four case teams, approaching cloud from the perspectives of a 2000-person government agency, a 700-person financial services group (with 500 external system users), a 650-person healthcare operation, and a 450-person manufacturing firm. Helped by more than 20 expert panelists, we discussed five key issues in the development of cloud - strategy and planning, governance, risk and compliance, delivery via public, private and hybrid environments, advanced cloud application adoption and enablement, and cloud privacy, security and reliability. Participants were asked to develop case-specific answers to key questions at the end of each section; the diversity of responses showed clearly how cloud strategy is tied to the IT infrastructure and (especially) the individual business needs of an organization.
In our final session, "Open Forum on the Future of Cloud Technology," we began by asking panelists Shawn Rosemarin, Philippe Theriault and Ian Rae to talk about the issues and technologies that they believe will shape the next five years of cloud (and IT, business and social issues more generally), and then expanded the discussion to get input from all of the 40+ session participants. Feedback from the Bootcamp suggests that this was a very popular way of wrapping up a successful day! A brief description of the bootcamp group's take on the future of cloud will be available on InsightaaS.com starting on Monday, June 6 - here's a link if you'd like to see what 40 Canadian thought leaders see in cloud's future! http://insightaas.com/CloudFuture