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CIOs must adapt to the agility of the cloud or perish

As more companies turn to the cloud for services, cost savings and other benefits, Chief Information Officers must adapt to the changing IT landscape and the agility/scalability of the cloud before it's too late.

That's the message from the Technology Business Management (TBM) Council, a non-profit dedicated to promoting best practices in, well, managing your technology.

Chris Pick, president and co-founder of the organisation, explained: "The TBM Council was founded by CIOs interested in expanding their function to play a more strategic role in growing the businesses. TBM equips CIOs with the technology, language and strategies necessary to clearly demonstrate the valuable impact IT can bring to the business as a whole."

Talking to Cloud Pro, Pick noted: "The financial crisis in 2008 caused every single business that uses IT to look at the cost of IT and question whether or not they're getting value from it. Now if the unit cost is lower and the quality is higher externally [businesses] will always head towards that. CIOs need to remain competitive."

Pick further argued that the cloud and Software-as-a-Service are removing the ability for the CIO to be a force for innovation and change within their company – and that stubborn CIOs who refuse to look beyond their own current IT setup are failing to meet the needs of their organisation.

This is a point we discussed in our feature yesterday regarding the "circle of distrust," and why IT departments could become the exception rather than the rule in the future.

So the TBM Council aims to provide guidelines for enterprise CIOs, and advice on the benefits (or indeed potential drawbacks) of moving to the cloud. Make no mistake, though – backward looking CIOs aren't doing themselves any favours, and are contributing to the stereotyped view of the IT department as a closed-shop full of "no men" who know best.

The TBM Council met for its first European Summit at the Tower of London last week, where it discussed how to move forward in terms of advising businesses on cloud migration, and the associated costs.

Pick commented: "Now enterprise CIOs have a standard view that will enable them to look at the way that cost and performance is an apples to apples comparison. It saves them millions of dollars which they would spend on an analyst to compare the standards used by their competitors."