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The transition to a Cloud Based Enterprise infrastructure is a daunting one, but Corporate CIOs talk about little else. The enhanced security and availability, the single contact point for issue resolution, the reduced corporate headcount and the absence of huge capital expenditure requirements all make for compelling arguments.

But as with outsourcing, all Cloud solutions bring their own challenges, hidden costs and lack of flexibility and control. The Cloud “war stories” are beginning to emerge.

Similarly, there is an inherent challenge for Enterprise Software vendors as they look to develop their Cloud strategy as a springboard for growth rather than as a damage limitation exercise.

Even defining the Cloud is an art form in itself. SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, what are you trying to achieve and why ?

For the largest global players such as Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, the Cloud strategy for growth is pretty straightforward. “Get people to use our software but provide them the entire platform on which to do it rather than just a software licence key”.

For Google, IBM and AWS, the Enterprise Cloud strategy is more of a growth engine “Get people to replace all their hardware and systems infrastructure with ours, and run whatever applications they want”.

But how about less dominant Enterprise software vendors, will their specialist tools be eroded by standardisation ? Is making their tools available on AWS or Azure really a route to market ? Should they provide their own cloud platform ? Should they use a Cloud platform to provide a bespoke client service ?

Stratus One was set up to advise around these issues, and has quickly established a reputation for simplicity, directness and efficiency in its advisory capacity, to Enterprise IT customers and vendors alike.