‘Take Me Out’ just doesn’t fill the gaping hole left by Cilla Black, her hat collection and of course the guilty pleasure of times gone by, the televisual treat that was ‘Blind Date’. As ‘our Graham’ might say, I love a bit of match making and as such I will soon be bridesmaid at a wedding in which I can safely say that I was the catalyst and mutual friend that introduced the couple to each other. Just writing that made me a feel a little bit warm and fuzzy topped with a massive dollop of smug.
Now not all match making is so gooey, yumalicious and written in the stars. Some partnerships may encounter a few early teething problems in which a little compromise may be required to ease oneself into a burgeoning new relationship. One minute you are getting on with your day-to-day life and all of a sudden you start to change. You start to notice someone might be wearing something alluring at the office one day and then all of a sudden it’s all you can think about.
I like to think of Cloud computing in similarly romantic terms and perhaps we are currently witnessing the Cloud becoming the romantic intermediary we all need or, if you will, the Cloud has turned out to be the Cilla Black of our time.
Take for example the transition from happily independent IT department to fully migrated hosted Exchange user. Initially your IT department is primarily working with its end users to run and develop hardware, servers and software. Then the heady allure of the Cloud beckons, with the promise of improving facilities, security and applications that go with the migration of networks to the Cloud. The relationships between IT managers and end users in turn can change and improve. In fact 92% of people asked cited an improvement in usability, speed and security when they moved their business to the Cloud.
We often think of technology as a necessary headache that has to be harnessed and tamed, used to the best of our ability but often left with other, more capable types. But times they are a changing and new fresh hope is in the air! The relationship is constantly developing between IT managers and end users; the Cloud and hosted Exchange means technology no longer has to become an avoidance task or dirty word but rather a beautiful harmony of ideas and solutions that allows your business to grow and change as you need it to. I am in no doubt that this is sound advice for any new relationship and Cilla would most definitely agree with that.