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CIOs, IT Department Heads Give Advice on Cloud Deployments

Don't get too caught up in the cost savings of cloud computing and services. That's one of the comments of 16 CIOs and IT leaders interviewed about their public and private cloud deployments, usage trends, skills requirements, lingering obstacles and future plans.

“If you make it a money thing, you're making a mistake,” says Joe Spagnoletti, CIO at Campbell Soup. “It's an option to deliver capability. You have to get it at the cost commensurate with the capability. You can't do it for cost savings or management efficiency.”

Another leader said, don’t just “lift and shift”. In other words, don’t simply take your existing infrastructure and move it wholesale to the cloud. “Don’t move to the cloud just because it’s trendy,” says Chris Drumgoole, chief operating officer for cloud services at General Electric. “Sure, it might save you some money -- but you’ll miss the opportunity to transform how you do business, and those don’t come around that often.”

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“If you make it a money thing, you're making a mistake,” says Joe Spagnoletti, CIO at Campbell Soup. “It's an option to deliver capability. You have to get it at the cost commensurate with the capability. You can't do it for cost savings or management efficiency.”

Another leader said, don’t just “lift and shift”. In other words, don’t simply take your existing infrastructure and move it wholesale to the cloud. “Don’t move to the cloud just because it’s trendy,” says Chris Drumgoole, chief operating officer for cloud services at General Electric. “Sure, it might save you some money -- but you’ll miss the opportunity to transform how you do business, and those don’t come around that often.”

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