Srini Kumar

"Still Cloudy? "

Srini Kumar
IT Strategy Advisor
Srini is a goal oriented IT executive with broad based experience in planning and implementing information solutions to address business needs. He has strong record of success in leading onshore/offshore teams and client services operations managing costs and risks. Srini has helped in Envisioning, Enabling, Empowering and Energizing Teams. Responsible for P&L cost centers & multi-million dollar budgets. Srini has been an IT Strategy advisor with 15 years of experience in Consulting, Enterprise Architecture & Delivery. He has developed Risk analysis and IT re-organization plan working with KPMG. Srini has restructured internal groups by specializations which decreased the expenditure by 20% YOY. He has been responsible for managing e-commerce websites which generated $20 Million/year revenues. Srini has worked as a centralized Support of e-Commerce solutions, help desk for Oracle US, EMEA and APAC regions. These solutions helped the Marketing and call center in increased revenues. He has managed group with revenue of 20 million plus with a team of 600 Associates responsible for Program delivery, Enterprise Architecture, Application development and BI&DW. Srini has his expertise in IT Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Global Delivery & Off-shoring, Technology Management, IT Governance and Portfolio Management.

Now with Cloud computing the latest IT buzz,  companies want to make sure they invest right and end up with returns. Though Cloud computing is making rounds Companies have to plan before they jump into that bandwagon.

Some of the factors are:

  • Need for Cloud: Why are they opting for Cloud.   Will it be better than a hosting solution?  Does it help them Self Service or will it help them to charge others for pay by use.
  • Choosing a Cloud: There are several cloud vendors but most of them serve their niche areas.  For example Amazon ec2 is one of the best of Infrastructure Cloud.  Similarly Azure for MS and its weave of products.CIO’s should be very clear on what they are looking for and what skills they have.  For example Google cloud requires some basic knowledge of python
  • Type of Cloud: Based on the business model companies need to understand whether they should opt for a public cloud or private cloud or a community cloud.

CIO’s should start understanding basic factors driving Cloud such as:

  • Scaling your apps or infrastructure
  • Pay by use or subscription
  • Self service (without system / db admins)
  • Programmability (easy access to build apps)

Based on the findings Companies can start with baby steps:

  • Start with a due diligence study to understand the requirement
  • Use PAAS or IAAS as a start
  • Slowly move applications to a Private Cloud as need dictates.
  • Understand security concerns and try the same on a public cloud.