It's Time. Get in the Cloud Now!
"Not now," Kelly, the CIO of PetJoy, told the new programmer analyst sitting next to her at the pet product company’s 25th anniversary party. "The CEO does not want to discuss transitioning our systems to the cloud during a dinner party at the posh Peninsula Club."
"But we're going to have to talk about it some time," Mike, the programmer analyst, insisted. "Our systems integration firm just informed us they'll no longer supply software upgrades or security patches. For heaven's sake, it's past time we got into the cloud as it is. We bought our current software back in early 2000. I was still in kindergarten!"
Kelly was about to shush him again when the CEO, Jennifer, interrupted, having overheard.
"No, wait. I don't mind talking business. That's how we can afford this fancy dinner, after all." She turned to Mike. "I know I've been postponing a move from our legacy software, which has been working just fine. I suspect transitioning to the cloud is going to cost an arm and a leg." She gave Mike a hard look. "Isn't it?"
Mike got a little red in the face. "Yes, it will be expensive, but it will also be worth it."
Jennifer got a suspicious look on her face. "Really?" she asked. "What would make it worthwhile?"
"Here," Mike said, pulling a folded paper from his jacket pocket as the waiters came by with dinner salads. So far, he'd only dreamed of being able to hand it to the CEO, but now he did so in reality. "I made a list of the pros and cons of upgrading our current in-house software versus transitioning to the cloud."