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Giving Thanks for Cloud Computing

This week I am back at home in Northern California celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. Our Thanksgiving dinner is unique, with a blend of American dishes like turkey and cranberry sauce mixed with Chinese noodles and dumplings. In all, there is something for everyone at the table and one can go home satisfied with what they’ve eaten.

Each year there are many things to give thanks for in the technology world. From mobile applications that facilitate efficient shopping experiences to games that pass the time, families can have more engaging, interesting, and successful holiday seasons.

Especially thankful these few years are technology executives and leaders, particularly those who have chosen to adopt cloud technologies for their organization. Here’s what we believe each technology leader is giving thanks for as they sit down to a hearty meal this Thursday:

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is thankful for cloud because it has helped the organization adopt leaner ways of development while also enabling the gathering of more customer information. The CIO is thankful that the cloud no longer means having to research new innovations every few years as well – this process now takes care of itself.

The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) is thankful to have a seat at the table after years of being separated from the conversation. With digital experiences being developed in the cloud, the CMO is confident their skills, interests, and strategies can benefit the end customer in more ways than ever.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and their accounting team are thankful for the cost-savings of the cloud. In the past, the CIO would purchase more technologies than necessary, often to guard against the potential lack of resources. With a solid public cloud strategy now, the company can save more money earned through revenues and be better prepared for rainy days or the opportunity to innovate.

The Lead Technical Architect and their team of developers are thankful for a more efficient development process. In the past, development meant having to manually check the quality of applications, raising the possibility of human error. Now armed with DevOps technologies that empower continuous deployment and innovation, the technology team can rest easy knowing that launch days won’t be chaotic.

The product manager and marketing managers are thrilled with the arrival of the cloud. With the competition fiercer than ever, knowing that the development team can deploy features and innovations is an exciting prospect, especially as the holiday and winter conference season heats up. This year, the elusive breakout session speaking opportunity a possibility.

Perhaps the most excited this Thanksgiving is the customer. Having discovered the application through the recommendation of a friend, the customer can depend on their favorite brand to come through with the latest updates, innovations, and so much more, keeping their eyes glued to the screen. One can only imagine that this customer will be a loyal one for years to come.

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As you bite into your turkey or apple pie, what are you thankful for in the cloud this holiday season? Share your thoughts in the comments below and download our guide, Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud to see what your technical teams can achieve through cloud adoption.

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