BYOD and Cloud Apps don’t require a move to 90′s IT
In my last blog, I argued that Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud was the wrong debate, particularly in a Cloud App world.
Some vendors will explain that the only way to preserve control over data is to go back to fully on-premises software. Not only is this untrue, but the private cloud “circle the wagons” approach regurgitates many of the things you hate about enterprise software:
- Difficult to implement
- Slow to change
- Lack of innovation
As Ray Wang of Constellation Research put it: Enterprise software sucks. Rather than locking everything down and going back to 90′s IT, think about the ideal scenario:
- What if application rollout could be self-service for end users, IT provisioned, or a mix of both?
- What if the application user experience and features could improve at the speed of many of those consumer cloud services you use, while all the user data was still held safe and secure in your own four walls?
- What if you didn’t have to deal with scheduling and managing patches and updates, but allowed the application handle the bulk of it?
- What if the application scaled for peak times without you having to provision extra application resources?
Hard to believe? No doubt, it’s a different way of thinking, but it’s an approach Oxygen has had all along:
- Decouple the application and presentation from the data – this allowed us to innovate and add dozens of new features over the last few months with minimal IT overhead
- And, keep the user credentials and data under firm customer control and ownership – avoiding the lapses and security questions that have hit the cloud file sharing market repeatedly
Mobile file access doesn’t have to be a monolithic application hosted entirely in the cloud. Nor does it have to be a monolithic application hosted in your data center. Cloud applications can be built to provide continuous innovation AND control. You just need the right platform and approach.
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