Recently people have been talking about SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Cloud, Hosted IT, Virtual this and Virtual that, but what they were actually referring to is this big massive IT trend called “Cloud Computing”.

For some the Cloud computing does not represent a big chunk of the IT services offered right now so they pretend that it is not important to businesses…Hmmm, I would add – Not Yet!

Others do not believe in its success, mainly because of security issues, but to me the “Cloud” is the equivalent of huge tsunami wave that is going to strike the IT industry.  For the sake of this statement, I would like to add that Cloud computing has already changed the way many businesses operate and are managed, so step one is complete.

So if you had to label or stage this transition from traditional to cloud hosted IT, here is how I would have done it:

STEP #1 (The Earthquake): The business has changed and more and more companies are targeting mobile customers and offering attractive services over the web.

STEP #2 (The Big Wave): Following the Earthquake there is almost always a big wave, and in this case, that is Cloud computing! Every big IT vendor is rushing and spending tons of money to build an attractive Cloud based platform or set of services and offer them to its customers. Smart CIOs know that if their companies dont offer Cloud computing platforms and services, they will soon be losing lots of current and potential customers.

STEP#3 (Ride the Wave): In days of slow moving economy and low budgets IT management is closely following the changes in the IT industry (At least the ones that respect their profession) and they realize the strength, flexibility and potential of Cloud computing. Naturally, once they see that the wave has formed and has all the potential for a good “ride”, they catch it!

The Aftermath: Once the “Wave” strikes the IT industry it will most likely smash everything and everyone that was in its way leaving no chance for recovery.  On the other hand, those that caught and rode the “Wave” by implementing Cloud computing services and platforms will enjoy the sunshine after the strom!