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A study by the project management consulting company, PM Solutions, identifies the top causes for the failure of IT projects.  The study, called Strategies for Project Recovery,  covered 163 companies, roughly split between small, medium, and large organizations.  The conclusion: The average company in the study faces $74 million of “at risk” projects each year.

The study identifies five top causes of troubled projects:

  1. Requirements: Unclear, lack of agreement, lack of priority, contradictory, ambiguous, imprecise.
  2. Resources: Lack of resources, resource conflicts, turnover of key resources, poor planning.
  3. Schedules: Too tight, unrealistic, overly optimistic.
  4. Planning: Based on insufficient data, missing items, insufficient details, poor estimates.
  5. Risks: Unidentified or assumed, not managed.

Moreover, a total of 568 hours of downtime at 13 well-known cloud services since 2007 had an economic impact of more than 71.7 million dollars, said the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency (IWGCR).

So, what’s missing from above?  Good architecture and design, clearly.

Architecture and design come in two core patterns: Those that integrate the use of cloud computing services, either PaaS, IaaS, or SaaS, with existing enterprise IT systems which extend those systems to the platforms of the clouds.  Or, there is the second pattern that actually builds private, community, or public cloud services for use within a single enterprise, a community of users, or perhaps they become public cloud computing providers themselves.

Now is the time to get smart around the right and the wrong ways to design and build clouds.  Understand best practices, and, yes, learn and borrow from architecture and design practices from days gone by.  SOA and existing application and enterprise architecture approaches and techniques have proven themselves in the enterprise, and are now proving their value as we extend those architectures to public, private, and hybrid cloud computing.  In short, we’re converging what’s best with the existing architecture approaches and techniques, with what’s emerging in the world of cloud computing. 

So, what are the proper ways to design, build, and leverage cloud computing systems?  What are the steps to success?  What are the emerging best practices?  At Cloud Connect, we’ve put together a track that covers a range of topics relating to the right and wrong ways to leverage, design, and build cloud-based systems and infrastructure.  This includes advice from those currently in the trenches who make cloud computing work for the Global 2000 and Government, to those who will soon fight to make cloud computing work for their clients, employers, and/or investors. 

The Application Design & Architecture track will guide you through this process, and includes my session on “How to Get Cloud Architecture and Design Right the First Time,” where I walk you through the basics of design and architecture as applied to cloud computing.  “Bridges, Brokers, and Gateways: Exploring Hybrid Cloud Architectural Models” will be explained to you by Lori MacVittie.  “The Challenges of Real-Time Communications” is Gary Testa’s explanation around the use of cloud computing at Polycom.  Finally, ZapThink’s Jason Bloomberg will bring you the intriguing “Dropping ACID: Architecting with Eventual Consistency in the Cloud.

If cloud computing is in your future, you need to start here.  With a bit of planning, and some good architecture and design disciplines, you can do amazing things. 

Cloud Connect Chicago will arm you with knowledge and resources to help you launch your cloud computing strategy and tackle today’s most pressing cloud issues. Register Today and save 25% on the onsite price of a Conference Pass* or claim your FREE Expo Pass with priority code RFPQCH08.

See you in Chicago!

David Linthicum

*25% discount applies to Platinum and Conference Passes. Discount calculated based on the on-site price and not combinable with other offers. Proof of current industry involvement required. Offer good on new registrations only. Prices after discount applied:

Platinum: $1,796.25

Conference: $1,496.25

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