I am just reading a book with the title Fast Forward and it is fascinating what the authors present as a future vision for the technologies and companies shaping our future.

At a recent EuroCloud UK meeting I presented on a topic that caused me to reflect on the transformational changes that are now taking place in the IT supply chain as a result of cloud computing and so I had my own Fast Rewind moment.  Did we get to where we are today against a cloud computing master plan?

In a recent book published by Alistair Campbell title ‘Winners and How They Succeed’ he highlighted how top performers always set an Objective Strategy and Tactics.  In everyday terms, they have a goal/aim, a plan of action and the execution of those actions (the doing).

The abundance of affordable IT is creating a social upheaval and that upheaval extends to those businesses that comprise the supply chain for IT.  This is progress and no one is about to take my mobile phone, tablet and computer away from me or deny me access to the plethora of cloud services that I now depend on.

For all those businesses in the IT supply chain, were they aware of a master plan that is now causing many to worry about their future?  Is there a master plan and if there is who is in control of that?  I don’t know the answers so I set out to think what a master plan with an Objective, Strategy and Tactics might say. I presented this at EuroCloud Meeting in March 2015.

OBJECTIVE IS … a new way to consume IT (define IT!) that will be affordable to all with access from anywhere and on any device – we will call it ‘cloud’

STRATEGY IS … build infrastructure to deliver IT at scale to offer IT as a utility – that’s a datacenter

TACTICS ARE … to find optimal routes to market for different cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and IoT) – hang on we don’t have a model for this

It was a bit tongue in cheek and designed to draw attention to the current IT supply chain focus on tactics.  Are we certain that we know what the Objective is and are committed to that Objective and if so understand there are implications and consequences in pursuit of that Objective and that probably means inside 5 years the IT supply chain will look very different to what it is today.  Better check back in 5 years time, that is April 2020.