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Worldwide public IT cloud services spending is forecast to surpass US$55 billion in 2014. Yet, IT leaders continue to struggle with quantifying the operational, organizational and financial implications of their application hosting and platform decisions, according to market analyst IDC.


To help IT decision makers to better understand their options and the associated implications as they move various enterprise workloads to the cloud, IDC has developed a new Cloud Decision Framework Tool. "This tool was designed to help guide IT managers in their decisions around on-premise, private and public cloud computing options," said Joe Pucciarelli, vice president, Technology Financial.


"The painstaking evaluation struggles that once plagued the cloud decision-making process have been all but eliminated as the Cloud Decision Framework Tool does all the heavy lifting."

 Cloud Decision Framework Tool Helps IT Managers:

  • Become more agile in the cloud decision making process
  • Understand and take advantage of the profound technology, platform, staffing, and economic opportunities that will shape IT strategies in the coming years
  • Identify customer priorities for IT cloud system management software investments
  • Align business/IT governance around a specific cloud vision
  • Restructure IT purchasing and sourcing approaches
  • Evaluate overall cloud goals

"The new tool allows you to decompose a complex business decision by breaking it down into its key components. A CIO can use the tool to collaborate with the rest of the executive team and get them on board with moving to a cloud," commented Allyn McGillicaddy, Principal, Office of the  


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