Cloud and the Future of Business: From Costs to Innovation

During 2010 and 2011, academics from The Outsourcing Unit, Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science wrote a series of reports on the key features of cloud computing and its likely short and long term developmental trends. Over 1000 business and IT executives were surveyed, representing cloud providers, system integrators and users of cloud services.

Five reports were produced are can be downloaded as below:

  1. Promise –This introductory report provides a commentary on the likely size and direction of the technological changes implicated by cloud
  2. Challenges – looks at the real and perceived challenges that cloud brings for business, IT and supplier executives.
  3. Impacts – What does cloud mean for IT suppliers, IT functions and businesses?  ocuses on three areas of impact: service performance, cloud as a business service and radical changes in the supply industry.
  4. Innovation – The real strength and excitement of cloud computing is that it is a catalyst for more innovation. As cloud computing continues to become cheaper and more ubiquitous, the opportunities for innovation will grow.
  5. Management – Cloud technologies have a broad range of implications for client and supplier skills and capabilities, and also for the roles of senior executives and business managers in harnessing the potential of cloud for future business advantages.

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