As that demystification continues, we’re beginning to see more cloud adoption. 2012 will be the start of some real traction, and hopefully we will see the curve in the hockey stick as cloud adoption accelerates. As I travel back and forth across the country, I’m seeing more organizations adopt private cloud services, and then the management suites that support it. They’re putting all those philosophies and processes into their environments while adopting private cloud. We are also seeing adoption of public cloud services and many businesses that are taking their business to the next level around the use of public cloud. We have some great examples of Canadian organizations that have been entrepreneurial and innovative in their use of the public cloud.
Finally I think this idea of hybrid cloud [is really important], where we can say, “It’s not an all or nothing conversation. I can have some of my IT running in the public cloud and I can continue to manage those things that I’m familiar with in my internal environment.” So being able to take the best of each environment and roll that out is key.
IT in Canada: You have been especially active in this whole process of demystification, and I have been fortunate having an opportunity to sit in on a couple of sessions that you’ve moderated. But how do you know the message is getting out? In the information session with the Ontario Privacy Commissioner, Anne Cavoukian, maybe 15 or so journalists attended. The points made about data sovereignty and security – and each organization’s responsibility for assessing their real needs were well taken. But what evidence do you have that this message is gaining traction?