Cloud or On-Premises—Which Is Right for You?

Every IT leader must determine which of their company’s applications or processes work in the cloud vs. on-premises. However, the process to make this determination doesn’t yield the same results for everyone.

Sandra Gittlen writes, “Greg Downer, senior IT director at Oshkosh Corp., a manufacturer of specialty heavy vehicles in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, wishes he could tip the balance of on-premises vs. cloud more in the direction of the cloud, which currently accounts for only about 20% of his application footprint. However, as a contractor for the Department of Defense, his company is beholden to strict data requirements, including where data is stored.

“‘Cloud offerings have helped us deploy faster and reduce our data center infrastructure, but the main reason we don’t do more in the cloud is because of strict DoD contract requirements for specific types of data,’ he says.

“In Computerworld’s Tech Forecast 2017 survey of 196 IT managers and leaders, 79% of respondents said they have a cloud project under way or planned, and 58% of those using some type of cloud-based system gave their efforts an A or B in terms of delivering business value.

“Downer counts himself among IT leaders bullish on the cloud and its potential for positive results. ‘While we don’t have a written cloud-first statement, when we do make new investments we look at what the cloud can offer,’ he says.”

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