Cloudy Business

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting Inc., an Ontario, Canada-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

I’ve been in this industry for too long to pay too much attention to “the next big thing”--I’ve seen way too many “big things” come and go with very little impact. However, there is little doubt that cloud-based computing is more than just a trend. For IT departments, it offers a number of significant advantages including two heavy hitters--it strongly supports distributed teams, and it should be a cost-effective solution.

It’s therefore not surprising that it is being embraced more and more often by IT PMOs looking to improve project effectiveness and efficiency. However, I have noticed that in quite a few cases this decision is being made within IT; there is not always a business stakeholder at the table when the decision to manage projects in the cloud is taken, and that concerns me. In this article, I want to take a brief, high-level look at some of the considerations that require business engagement--even if cloud-based project management is only being used on IT projects.

What’s the risk?
Perhaps the most obvious issue that may surround cloud-based project management is the potential for an impact on the overall portfolio risk. Don’t get me wrong--I’m not suggesting that working in the cloud is inherently more risky. What I am suggesting is that a move to a cloud-based platform will change the risk …

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