Phase-in and Cloud ComputingLaRon WalkerMaster of Information Technology and Internet SecurityAugust, 2010
The phase-in technique can be applied to many different aspects in regards to InformationTechnology (IT). This includes implementing new processes, hardware, or applications intosome or all departments across a business. Whether the participants are in large or small groups,phasing-in a new component into any structure can help create a smooth and transparenttransition.Using the phase-in technique to introduce hosted services and cloud computing into thebusiness infrastructure of Kucera Clothiers would be very beneficial. The proposedimplementation of IBM¶s Lotus Notes for Collaboration using hosted services would be easy topilot to a small group of employees without disrupting other IT functions. When used alongwith IBM¶s Infrastructure Strategy and Design Services for Cloud Computing, aspects of phasing-in new components are addressed, as well as other strategic design and analysis. Basedon the findings by Barr (2010), IBM¶s consultants help analyze their customers¶ existingenvironments, then determines the cloud computing model best suited for their business, alongwith align their IT with their business needs.
The main risk analysis that would need to be performed is what benefits and drawbacksof implementing this new strategy would have on Kucera Clothiers. According to the articleIBM Cloud Computing Strategy Services, by using IBM¶s ³pain vs. gain´ analysis to prioritize