This interview on ChiefExecutive.net with Pitney Bowes CEO Murray Martin is excellent. He’s a “big believer in the cloud” for both low cost and accessibility. Here’s an excerpt from the article and a link to read more:
Pitney Bowes CEO Murray Martin: A Big Believer in The Cloud
by Robert Lawrence Kuhn
Pitney Bowes CEO Murray Martin
How do you analyze the pluses and minuses of the cloud from a CEO’s perspective?
The advantages of going to a cloud base are both cost and access. In the cloud, if the technology changes, everybody in your company will have it quickly. You don’t have to update devices. It’s much more efficient to move into the cloud.
You have to weigh that against security. The security is just as good as what we had behind the firewall and life got a lot easier, and it cost less. You can secure your data by encrypting it on the transmission up to the cloud, while it’s in the cloud and back down to your own systems.
Doesn’t having your systems located on someone else’s servers make you less able to adapt and respond to changes in the market?
Actually, I think it’s the opposite. It makes you more flexible. It’s not that different than outsourcing components. You’re moving to an outsourcing provider that has more capacity and more expertise in a segment than you have. So if I have a room with a rack of servers in it, why is that better than a campus of racks that is backed up by another campus in real time? The cloud provider has new equipment that’s been upgraded. I think you can gain more flexibility, more scalability and more variability than in the old model.
There’s more. Read the full interview here.
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