The contracting of cloud services shows some similarities but also dissimilarities with the contracting of “traditional” IT services. Among the similarities, we can highlight the relevance of managing the risks on each step of the process, namely:
As we know, manage the risks in each of these steps avoid that their materialization impair the potential benefits associated to the business drivers which motivated the initial decision.
Among the typical business drivers, non-mutually exclusive, which may motivate the decision, we can find:
Concerning the organization’s sourcing strategy we will consider three alternatives, namely:
It must be emphasized that the organization’s sourcing strategy will not opt necessarily for only one of such alternatives. Among others, the factors below will be taken into account to define the most adequate sourcing strategy, which may actually embrace any combination of the three alternatives above:
The sourcing strategy will then, in light of the above factors, define which sourcing alternatives suit better when each current (or planned) part of the IT scope is considered.
It should be remembered that if risks are managed inadequately in any of the 6 steps, the probability of failure to achieve the intended benefits will grow exponentially. The reason for that is simple and straight: if they are not eliminated or at least have their impacts or probability of occurrence mitigated, secondary and interdependent risks will probably arise, with a cumulative effect, in a later step. Such late treatment will undoubtedly be much more complex and costly to offset.
In a follow-on article we will discuss the dissimilarities which exist between the risks inherent to each step and to each alternative, including Cloud Computing. This last one, as the one which more recently reached the outsourcing market, still lacks some maturity (both for providers and – mainly – for buyers) and stability, as its solutions portfolio, tools, prices, providers list, etc is rapidly evolving. Such discussion will show, as briefly anticipated on the heading of this post, that the risks to be considered will embrace three categories:
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A versão em português deste artigo, com o título ” Cloud Computing: Velhos riscos desaparecem, novos surgem “, foi também publicada aqui no site TI Especialistas. Para vê-la acesse o link.
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