Skip to content

Share

  • Add this article to your LinkedIn page
  • Add this article to your Twitter feed
  • Add this article to your Facebook page
  • Email this article
  • View or print a PDF of this page
  • Share further
  • Add this article to your Pinterest board
  • Add this article to your Google page
  • Share this article on Reddit
  • Share this article on StumbleUpon
  • Bookmark this page
PA IN THE MEDIA

Cloud and social commerce

"Businesses thinking about using cloud services need  to ensure they look at the time horizon."

 

ALASTAIR MCAULAY, IT CONSULTING, PA CONSULTING GROUP  

FT Connected Business PodcastAlastair McAulay9 September 2011

 

PA’s Alastair McAulay, IT specialist, has been interviewed as part of September’s FT Connected Business Podcast. In the podcast, Alastair provides details of the latest developments in cloud and the guidance provided in a joint report compiled by the National Computing Centre and PA Consulting Group.

Alastair outlines how cloud is increasingly attractive in the current difficult business climate because the flexibility it offers means "you buy what you need when you need it,” so companies can “constantly adjust supply to meet demand.”

He goes on to explain why PA and the NCC have drawn up their report on cloud computing, underlining that it is still early days for cloud and therefore there is a need to provide a frame of reference about developments and good practice. In particular, there is a need for companies to understand that, although cloud can seem simple on the surface there are significant complexities when using the service.

Alastair concludes by advising businesses thinking about using cloud services to ensure they look at the time horizon and understand that the service they need today may be very different from what they need in two years time. For the IT department, he advises them to think about the retained organisation and understand that they will still need to be involved in service provision. However, this should mean those IT organisations that get this right will be more professional, think harder about their role and be sharper in their approach.

You can listen to the full podcast here. Alastair’s interview starts six minutes into the recording.


By using this website, you accept the use of cookies. For more information on how to manage cookies, please read our privacy policy. 

×