Cloud Computing for Project Managers

Posted on December 9, 2009 by

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More and more, people are discussing and using Cloud Computing—services and applications hosted through the Internet (which is the “cloud”) rather than one’s own computer. CNN reports that Cloud Computing will be one of the top web trends next year (http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/12/03/cashmore.web.trends.2010/index.html). This fast-growing trend is especially salient for project managers who work on virtual teams.

The Project Management Institute recently published an article which describes how this trend offers project managers a competitive edge (http://www.pmi.org/Resources/Pages/Cloud_Computing_on_the_Rise.aspx). Cloud Computing has the capability of decreasing project costs and improving communication among a project team, but many have concerns about security—especially when sensitive data is hosted elsewhere. Security issues are one reason that organizations may select to have a Private Cloud (hosted on the organization’s private network) rather than a Public Cloud (which is an off-site third-party network). Hybrid Clouds have both internal and external providers. What are your opinions on Cloud Computing?