The cloud has pretty much disrupted the de facto standard: the client/server and enterprise computing models, which displaced the mainframes. As a concept, cloud continues to be defined and redefined. The primary benefit of somewhat reduced cost and scalability is fast giving way to increased flexibility, creating new business offerings and establishing deeper customer relationships. Cloud vendors maintain a lower charge out rate for their services in an effort to deliver higher economic value to their customers. This downward spiral in prices of cloud services and continuous assessment to identify new usage, to further boost utilization, makes for a very compelling business case. The final goal would be to enable any organization to create and offer cloud computing services on standard hardware. This paper elaborates on the dos and don’ts of harnessing the cloud and to optimize the business metrics most important to their organizations.
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