Cloud management is to traditional IT management what spreadsheets are to calculators

It’s all in the title of the post. An elevator pitch short enough for a 1-story ride. A description for business people. People who don’t want to hear about models, virtualization, blueprints and devops. But people who also don’t want to be insulted with vague claims about “business/IT alignment” and “agility”.

The focus is on repeatability. Repeatability saves work and allows new approaches. I’ve found spreadsheets (and “super-spreadsheets”, i.e. more advanced BI tools) to be a good analogy for business people. Compared to analysts furiously operating calculators, spreadsheets save work and prevent errors. But beyond these cost savings, they allow you to do things you wouldn’t even try to do without them. It’s not just the same process, done faster and cheaper. It’s a more mature way of running your business.

Same with the “Cloud” style of IT management.


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3 Responses to Cloud management is to traditional IT management what spreadsheets are to calculators

  1. Hal

    Repeatability _and_ accuracy. If you’re wrong, who cares if you can repeat it.

    A nd, for the record, nothing is repeatable, ’cause the real world is constantly changing. The real key is repeatability and accuracy under real world failure and churn.

    Ain’t no spreadsheet going to do that.


  2. Great analogy, however it seems to imply that traditional IT management is not mature and repeatable and that the Cloud is; which is still a far cry when the industry leaders cannot even agree to the meaning of the term “cloud”.

    My view is that Cloud management is to IT management as Microsoft Excel 2007 is to Lotus 1-2-3. Both have repeatability, but one represents the next generation and has a lot more bells and whistles.

  3. Don’t like the spreadsheet/calculator analogy so much because I think spreadsheets aren’t always the best tool for the job and are frequently abused / misused.

    From my perspective, cloud management is to traditional IT management as web application frameworks are to shell scripts.