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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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4 responses to “Cloud – It’s About Flexibility”

  1. JohnC

    you seem to be contradicting your own point. you are saying that you are ok with software coupled with hardware as long as it offers flexibility. then you are arguing that marketing department should be able to get the services without IT. tell me how marketing department can get services without IT, if it is buying software coupled with hardware. are you sure you are clear on what you are trying to articulate here? do you want to talk about flexibility of business user or IT? i get a feeling that you have no enterprise experience.

  2. Ben Kepes (@benkepes)

    John – the whole point is that with good systems in place (management, visibility, chargeback) corporate IT can put in place some internal cloud-like infrastructure that business units can then utilize as they require. It allows them to spin up servers essentially at will, albeit that those virtual servers sit on physical on-prem hardware

  3. Peter Fretty (@pfretty)

    Flexibility and scalability. The best, strategic cloud deployments should empower an organization to seamlessly rev up or down depending upon time sensitive needs. This is true whether the organization needs cloud processing for R&D or depends upon cloud-based collaboration solutions (i.e. Avaya’s Live Connect) to power communications.