Warning: Your Shiny New Cloud Is Already Legacy

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Andi Mann.

It is becoming a truism that every business is a technology business. This is borne out every day in the fortunes made and lost on the business technology battlefield – Uber vs. yellow cabs, Netflix vs. Blockbuster, Amazon vs. almost every retailer, bitcoin and fintech vs. banks and insurance giants. To survive and thrive in the Internet age, you need to transform your business into a digital business.

In digital transformation, cloud computing is table stakes. It creates the foundation for innovation, experimentation, and iteration by delivering the agility, flexibility, and scalability that lets both IT and business try new things, quickly, easily, and cheaply. It is the core of success for ‘digital native’ companies like Google, Facebook, Yelp, and more. Digital transformation starts with cloud...

But the cloud is no longer enough. In fact, the cloud is already, inexorably, becoming the new legacy. After all, it is already more than 10 years old – older than Windows 7, the first iPhone, and the Nintendo Wii. All of which are now way past their use-by dates. Meanwhile a collection of new technologies, new processes, new architectures, and even new ways of working are emerging. I've noted numerous examples below...

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