Cloud Computing Impacts on Facility Management


Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) March 30, 2012

International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Silicon Valley Chapter organized a meeting to discuss Cloud Computing Impacts on Facilities Management (FM). The meeting was held at NetApp, Sunnyvale, CA on March 28, 2012. The discussion was led by a panel of experts in Cloud Computing, Information Technology and Data Center facilities. The speakers Arun Kanchi, Exafort, Bruce Thorpe, NVIDIA and Steve Paszkiewicz, Risk Management Solutions gave an enlightening talk on Cloud Computing and its impact on FM. The meeting was focused on how the rapid adoption of Cloud Computing by organizations world-wide is changing the real estate landscape, the ever increasing closeness of IT and facilities groups and its positive impact on jobs.

Cloud computing is not a job eliminator, it is a job creator, said Arun Kanchi, CEO of Exafort. According to a recent study by analyst firm IDC, Cloud Computing will potentially generate at least 14 million new jobs across the globe within the next three years. Of these about 6.7 million new jobs will be created by the end of year 2012. Many of these new jobs created are likely to be outside of IT groups, but still a large number of these jobs are going to be with-in IT and facilities groups to build, deliver and support cloud based services to end customers.

The conversations were dominated by the building blocks, core infrastructure and cost etc. The main topics included:

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