While many IT organizations have a desire to move to the cloud, a lot of them don't have the necessary processes in place to make that happen. Everything from figuring out how to migrate server images to actually porting an existing application to a new IT infrastructure environment can present a series of insurmountable challenges.
Given that most journeys to the cloud start with a new application development project, IBM is adding new tools and services to its IBM Smart Business Development and Test service on the IBM cloud. In addition to adding support for Windows Server 2003 and 2008, the update adds support for application virtualization, load balancing, performance testing and other tools that automate the on-boarding process in the cloud.
According to Dave Locke, worldwide marketing director for IBM Rational, since launching the development service in the cloud, IBM has found that some customers need more help when transitioning from on-premise application development to the cloud. In addition, others are interested in changing their development methods to take better advantage of cloud economics.
This latter point might seem obvious at first blush. But it turns out that most IT organizations have created ad-hoc development processes over the years that might not make much sense anymore now that many of those functions can be automated. Rather than bringing outdated processes to the cloud, IBM is suggesting that now is the time to modernize the entire application development process.
Without some fundamental event to drive that process, most IT organizations will never take a long look at processes that were originally developed to deal with issues that no longer exist. So whether you're a fan of cloud computing or not, the one upside is that cloud computing might be the catalyst your organization needs to address antiquated IT processes.