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CIO.3 - To Cloud or Not to Cloud, That is the Question

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Michael Grosse

CIO

CIO.3 - To Cloud or Not to Cloud, That is the Question

The cloud is ‘all the rage’ in the business world.  Vendors believe that ‘all the pieces are in place’ to be able to move many things – from storage to apps – to the cloud.  On the other hand, there seems to be little that hackers cannot get into – security in the cloud is a big issue.  
Traditional models of owning hardware, purchasing software licenses and paying annual maintenance fees are based on the ‘fixed cost model’ and costs and fees go only one way - UP.  In the midmarket, where CIOs are asked to ‘do more with less’, there is a growing trend towards ‘variable cost models’ or ‘pay as you go’ and the cloud looks very attractive.  
But, cloud-based applications often require you to adapt your business processes to the ‘standard’ and your internal customers complain loudly.  And, with new platforms comes the need to upgrade or replace legacy hardware and software.  There is no simple answer unless you are the vendor of these systems.  So, “TO CLOUD OR NOT TO CLOUD, THAT IS THE QUESTION”.  Michael Grosse is the CIO of a $250M family-owned company dealing with just this question.
Listen to what triggered Mike's need to ponder this question, the big drivers he considered, the decisions he made and advice he has for fellow IT leaders faced with the same situation.  Mike is a life-long learner and many-trick pony with deep experience in IT who sits in the shadow of Churchill Downs. 
Why Is This Relevant To The Midmarket: 

Sullivan University is a midsized family-owned educational institution and legacy migration is an issue faced by many midsize businesses.

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