Cloud computing is the latest technology trend to capture the attention of businesses, consumers, and investors alike. This emerging model in which software programs are accessed through the Internet is being touted as The Next Big Thing. But for corporate America, there’s much more to the revolution than outsourcing data, applications, or hardware. PwC’s technology leader Paul Horowitz and analysts Bo Parker and Vinod Baya introduce the vision of Evergreen IT, which builds upon cloud-computing principles. Gone are the typical technology barriers—high costs, complexity, and incompatibility—replaced by a technology foundation that is both enduring and flexible. Here’s what the future of true business agility looks like and how companies are taking the first steps toward getting there.
Even if you aren’t a techie, chances are you’ve heard plenty about cloud computing. Likened to previous technology revolutions— the personal computer, the Internet, wireless computing, and Web 2.0—that have changed the ways we live and work, it has made its way into the public consciousness via front-page news articles and magazine cover stories in the popular press. And with the likes of Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft—among many other technology companies—getting in on the act, it’s certainly causing a stir.
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