For some time there were rumors about Toyota switching to Cloud computing.

Well…Michael Jenkins, manager of Enterprise Architecture and Strategy at Toyota Australia, puts an end to the rumors! According to him Cloud computing solutions are soon to be adopted by Toyota Australia in favor of its in-house enterprise IT infrastructure.

Michael Jenkins said that the change would not happen in a snap, but would rather occur over the course of the next few years.

“Our strategy is to build a private cloud first, bring in a hybrid cloud model and then, over the next five years, push all our applications onto public cloud infrastructure,” he said.

According to Mr. Jenkins many other companies will be taking similar steps in the near-future.

He believes that the average organization will no longer need to even think about their data centre once they use Cloud computing.

A recent article on Information Management mentioned that more and more companies are turning to Cloud computing as a way of improving their business processes, as well as making the most out of their IT budgets.

What is driving this change???

Could that “Cloud” transition be fueled by the recent hail storm on Toyota about their enormous gas pedal recalls? Could that be Toyota’s strategy to show the world that they are leading automobile making company that uses a state of the art technology? Could that be a sign of a weakened and hurt company, looking to reduce cost? Could it be a sign of lower cost automobiles?

I can only speculate why Toyota is looking at Cloud computing services at this time, but I can assure you that Toyota is not the only automobile company looking at Cloud computing.