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The Cloud, Globalization, Data Growth and Regulation May Shape Enterprise IT: Tech Leader

Cloud computing is important but it is not the only force that will be shaping the future of enterprise IT, according to a top Microsoft technology officer.

Speaking on Monday before an audience at the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, Mass., Barry Briggs – chief technology officer for Microsoft’s IT organization – took out his crystal ball and tried to predict the future.

Among the major forces ahead are increased regulation by the government, globalization, and stunning growth in data, Briggs said at a panel discussion, reported PC World.

He explained that Microsoft recently completed developing a master customer database, including records for 100 million corporate customers and about 2 billion identities, Briggs said.

SharePoint360 has recently teamed up with Microsoft to extend cloud computing. Microsoft Business Productivity Online Services is enterprise-class software, hosted by Microsoft in the cloud. The Microsoft Online Services Suite capitalizes on cloud computing to extend Microsoft’s enterprise software to any company via a monthly subscription model.

In addition, many of Microsoft’s future customers will come from emerging and developing countries, according to Briggs.

As CTO for Microsoft’s IT organization, Briggs is responsible for adopting master data management. He has written numerous articles on computing, two novels and is the source of the Barry Talks! Blog.

Over his 27-year career in the software industry, Briggs has worked as a senior executive at major software companies, including 11 years at Lotus/IBM.

During his presentation, Briggs discussed the next generation of enterprise computing, the challenges ahead, tech trends, and the cloud. Microsoft has stated that once cloud driven transformations become mainstream, enterprise IT will experience many business benefits. These include:

  • Increased business agility – Applications and services can be delivered to market in an extremely agile manner with the end-user and developer empowerment that cloud computing unleashes.
  • Costs/Operational Efficiencies – Cloud applications/services will be significantly cheaper and efficient, be it capital expenses (e.g. hardware/datacenter) or operational expenses (e.g. service management).
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  1. May 15, 2010 at 8:24 AM

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