This evening we held a cloud computing dinner for a selected group of CIOs and IT Directors from the London financial services sector. We also invited two representatives from Microsoft to attend to provide information about the Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
The dinner, which was held in The Gherkin, proved to be a highly successful event. There is clearly a lot of interest in cloud computing right now. Perhaps the most surprising outcome was that security was not the number issue for the attendees. There seemed to be an acceptance that cloud computing environments could be made as secure as traditional environments.
What was of more interest to people was the location and jurisdiction of the data. There seemed to be more concern about who would have access to the data and how easily it could be accessed, transferred, controlled etc.
All attendees gave the event high marks and have indicated an interest in reconvening in 2010 to see how everybody has progressed.
If you would like to be on the invite list for future cloud dinners then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 020 7836 1800.
These dinners are intentionally non-technical in nature. They examine the wider issues of cloud computing and are thus ideally suited to board-level IT executives.