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Cloud Developers - Different, but not necessarily IT's enemy

The idea that 'cloud developers' are taking their direction primarily from the business unit, and, in so doing, circumventing IT, seems a bit too facile.   That said, Forrester makes a pretty good case for this typification.

My question now is what indicators … what persistent signals … will allow us to identity those organizations, or those business units within the organizations, that most readily adopt cloud computing?   What indicators will allow us to track IT organizations in their varied reactions to cloud computing -- critical evaluation, embrace & adoption, or resistance and dismissal?

Are Cloud Developers Really That Different? Yes. | Forrester Blogs:

To an IT leader a cloud developer can easily look like the enemy. They don't do what you say, they cause havoc by circumventing your IT rules and building new services and capabilities on public cloud platforms and seem to take orders not from you but from the business unit. Are these perceptions reality? Well, according to the 2013 Forrester ForrSights Developer Survey, yes. But they are also some of your most productive, happy and loyal developers too.
The survey shows that less than a quarter of all enterprise developers are using cloud platforms today. Examining the first movers, as self-identified in this survey, we found significant differences in the behavior, attitude and reporting structure of these members of your IT team. Cloud developers are risk takers who are empowered, more comfortable with open source technologies, building the new systems of engagement and tend to be happier in their work. They aren't just experimenting either; they are putting applications into production on the public cloud platforms and are doing so with traditional programming languages via agile, modern application designs. …


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