Do you remember when having your head in the cloud was a bad thing? I suppose the back to school vibe has got me thinking that way! However the times, they are a-changing and getting into cloud is a must for any smart business. At the very least it’s imperative to know enough about it to know whether your company should or shouldn’t be. As ever the IIA are here to help! (Not only with an event, information and content but a discount code below too!)
I’ll admit, straight-up, that my knowledge of cloud computing was quite fluffy. It was greatly improved this time last year when I proofread the IIA Cloud Computing Working Group‘s (IIA CCWG) first draft of “Cloud Business: Assessment of the risks versus the benefits” which was made available last March.* This whitepaper gave me an understanding of the pros and cons of cloud computing, including a section that specifically focuses on SMEs’ use of cloud computing. It also includes analysis of survey data which queried types of cloud computing being used, adoption rates and future plans among Irish companies.
The reason I mention all of this 6 months after its publication is that the CCWG are holding an event next week on September 23rd in partnership with Engineers Ireland. Among other speakers at this event, Gerry Power, chair of IIA CCWG, will present findings of this year’s Cloud Computing Survey, a first step towards the collation of longitudinal data about Irish Companies and the cloud.
A copy of the results and first analysis of this survey, as well as a copy of “Cloud Business: Assessment of the risks versus the benefits” will be made available to delegates at this half-day event “Cloud Computing in practice: How companies are moving to the cloud“. Speakers at the event will security experts, adopters and cloud vendors. And there’s breakfast!
*This publication is available free to IIA members or for €295.00 to non-members. Please contact me at members at iia dot ie to get your copy.