Cloud Planning and Design: Your Road Map to Success, with Eric Blum

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For Sanofi-Aventis… Cloud is giving them the opportunity to reconstruct their service catalog and expose it through the portal to the users… who can actually ask for the service. Instead of having a six weeks to twelve weeks time to deliver the service, they are now operating in 2 to 4 hours. They can actually onboard a service within a week, says Eric Blum.

There’s no doubt about it: If you haven’t already moved to the cloud, it’s time to consider doing so. The global cloud computing market is predicted to grow to $121 billion by 2015, up from $37.8 billion in 2010.1 Yet while the pressure is on to join the massive rush to the cloud, doing so without thoughtful planning can create problems down the road. Join us as we talk with Eric Blum, Chief Technology Officer for EMEA at BMC software about how cloud planning and design can lead to greater success.

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Eric Blum is the BMC Chief Technology Officer for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions) with a particular emphasis on Business Value Realization related to cloud implementations and large BSM deployments across international organizations.

Eric conducted a number of program executive sponsorships at CXO level while in his previous role at BMC as VP of EMEA Services.  Prior to joining BMC he was the director for solution at SAP France and was the e-Commerce director at Informix where he contributed to the Informix strategy for e-Commerce and drove its deployment across EMEA.


  1. As mentioned in the introduction, you believe that lack of planning in a cloud initiative can lead to problems later. What kinds of problems are we talking about?
  2. In your paper you talk more about moving to the cloud from a planning and design perspective. What are the key steps to cloud planning?
  3. Beyond these initial steps, what are some strategies for success with a cloud initiative?
  4. You’ve described a failure to set priorities with a cloud initiative as equivalent to “boiling the ocean.” How do you prioritize the needs?
  5. Do you have any real-world examples of successful cloud planning?
  6. There’s so much to consider here, it’s can be kind of overwhelming. What resources are out there for us to learn more?
  7. Anything else you’d like to leave with our listeners?




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