The Infrastructureless Organization: A Cloud-based IT Future

Just a few short years ago, IT Solution Providers would have been laughed out of town for even suggesting that an organization can operate with little to no traditional on-premise IT Infrastructure. But things have changed, we are now starting to see many medium sized businesses do just that and small business have been doing it for a while now. Large enterprises will soon follow.

But how can a bricks and mortar enterprise possibly run without on-premise infrastructure? The answer is surprisingly simple: The Cloud. Assuming a stable high quality Internet connection, some routers and wireless access points, every service needed to run a modern organization now has a viable and secure cloud alternative.

Where to Begin…

An Infrastructureless IT transformation starts with an end user platform selection. There are several players in the platform market, but due to the breadth of their offerings and seamless infrastructure to end user services, I will single out Google and Microsoft. Google via Google Apps for Work (formally Google Apps for Business), and Microsoft via Office 365, along with related services like Azure and Intune. Unlike other platforms from Amazon and IBM, Microsoft and Google have specifically targeted enterprises on both the back-end of infrastructure technology and the front-end user productivity tools. Both have done this in an integrated and seamless way, with increasing customer adoption. IBM, with their recently announced Apple partnership, may one day have a similar end to end story to tell, but not yet.

The table below shows a mapping of traditional IT Infrastructure and end user services to their Microsoft and Google cloud equivalents…

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Taking the first Step…

A move away from on-premise infrastructure to the Cloud services mentioned above does not need to be a risky big bang shift. In fact, taking a pragmatic approach typically leads to higher success rates and happier end users. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day! The first place to start is typically with email. With the exception of very few organizations, large or small, no company should be managing their own email. Period, full stop. Email service is now a pure commodity.

For medium and large enterprises thinking about Cloud services as a future strategy, the future is now. An Infrastructureless organization is not only possible…it’s inevitable.

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