You take an organisation. Say 1000 people. Lets say that are a bank. Pretty straightforward.
Take the 1000 users and consider the IT requirements. How would you do it?
Are all the staff equal? Do they all have the same applications and device requirements? Do they all need the same level of MAPS – remember – Management, Availability, Performance and Security? Would you interview them or would it be easier to give them all the same experience?
Of courser from an ease of IT management it would be great to give them all the same apps and devices. I think we used to do that a long time ago, before people could profile themselves and do something called – personalisation.
But what if you could identify the users into groups ( yes Paul we do that ) and identify a ‘optimal user experience’. Would it be the same?
So OK its a bank and security is important but take a look at my little table below.
Now this is the $64 Million question. Even though there are different requirements for applications, possibly device and service expectations, wouldn’t it be easier to take a server put it into the vault and run IT from there? Of course but if that server was actually 40 odd servers and suffered from ‘poor’ service management?
It is possible that different ‘platforms’ could be used to maximise costs and reduce overheads such as a Public Cloud or a Hosted Private Cloud or even a On Premise Private Cloud. But the beauty of something as simple ( elegant ) as the MAPS table is that to someone in the bank – lets say the COMPLIANCE OFFICER – there is one element that ranks well above all the others. SECURITY.
All decisions flow from that and that is why you don’t see many Banks in the Public Cloud – yet. Of course, this little exercise works a lot better if you weren’t a Bank. Think it through.