The IT 'Empire' Strikes Back: CIOs Find Freedom to Innovate in the Cloud

John Storts
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Robert Brand and Martin Kleinman encouraged companies to pursue sustainable innovation to not only drive growth, but to ensure their very survival in "Robert's Rules of Innovation." In a similar vein, author and Astadia CTO Mike Lingo in "Hey You, Get Onto My Cloud," explores the potential of cloud computing for freeing up time and resources, enabling CIOs to refashion IT departments from all-encompassing "empires" into flexible, agile drivers of innovation.


Our Knowledge Network excerpt, "The Empire Strikes Back: Unleashing IT as an Innovation Center," describes the traditional, infrastructure-focused IT department (the Empire) and contrasts the on-premise model with the capabilities offered by cloud solutions. Lingo also explains cloud benefits for smaller or emerging companies and offers budgeting comparisons.


This excerpt can help CIOs build a solid case for breaking from traditional modes of operating and embracing cloud technology.


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