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Cloud Computing: Center for the Edge Perspective


Cloud computing is rapidly becoming a foundational element in global enterprise computing. Companies across a broad variety of industries are developing, offering or implementing cloud technologies. 

Looking ahead, the Center for the Edge leaders have identified a series of significant disruptions that could be catalyzed by the evolution of cloud computing. 

These disruptions will become progressively more widespread and profound, creating opportunities not only to reshape the technology industry but all institutional architectures and management practices in an expanding array of other industries. Providers of cloud computing that can provide a compelling shaping view to mobilize other participants will have the potential to carve out a leadership position and reap significant rewards by leveraging their own efforts through the initiatives of many others. As a result, all businesses should consider developing experience with cloud computing platforms at an early stage to help prepare themselves for the disruptions that lie ahead. 

The Center offers a series of working papers that address a number of aspects of cloud computing and its disruptive potential. We invite you download papers to explore.

In addition, to learn more about the overall cloud perspective of the Deloitte organization and the accompanying services offered, please visit the Cloud Services page.

Cloud Computing: Storms on the Horizon

This working paper from the Center for the Edge suggests that cloud computing will be far more disruptive than currently anticipated. This creates significant opportunity for new forms of strategic advantage for IT providers and the “user enterprise,” which heightens the need to engage early to build capability and to aggressively pursue the disruptive potential of cloud computing.

Cloud Computing: A Collection of Working Papers

The Center for the Edge spent a year combining extensive research and industry insights to explore the topics of cloud computing and next-generation Web services. “Cloud Computing: A Collection of Working Papers,” explores the topic from different perspectives: business drivers, architectural models, and transformation strategies. The three papers focus on:

  • Demystifying clouds: Explores the characteristics of next-generation architectures that have the potential to support substantive changes in global enterprise constructs and operations
  • Moving information technology platforms to the cloud: Provides insights into IT platform architecture transformation from existing to next-generation architectures
  • Motivation to leverage cloud and service grid technologies: Discusses the pain points that might be eliminated by migration to next-generation architectures

To learn more, reference the full version of the papers. 

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