The CEO is running the ship, and the results he or she is measured by aren’t as specialized as the groups reporting to the top office. So what does a CEO care about with regards to cloud? Mainly, the CEO is interested in those things that he or she would be interested in if cloud didn’t exist: time to revenue, ROI, and governance and compliance.
These three elements are fundamental to how any business approaches almost any investment. But for the CEO these are the areas that will most impact how his or her leadership is judged. Cloud is often analyzed from the particular parts of the service that appeal to the real issues facing businesses – cost concerns, agility requirements, business continuity and more. But the importance of these areas are all outcomes of the technology on the technical level.
What cloud delivers to a business directly is perhaps a bit harder to define. We’ve talked about a few aspects here, but for the CEO cloud has to deliver on the above three areas – and if that can’t be articulated, everything else about cloud is meaningless.
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By Jake Gardner