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GreenPages Technology Solutions CEO Ron Dupler Monday kicked off the solution provider's 15th annual technology summit by urging about 100 CIOs to stop debating the merits of the cloud computing services model and "seize the day" on the new information technology paradigm.
"Cloud is here now!" asserted Dupler in keynote address kicking off the conference, which has become a summer rite of passage for information technology (IT) leaders grappling with the changes being wrought by the ever changing IT landscape. "It is real. It is happening. And we all need to seize the day and deal with it."
Dupler characterized IT executives who refuse to embrace the new cloud computing services paradigm as technology "naysayers" and "dinasours" who are in putting their livelihoods at risk by not dealing with the "tectonic" shift to cloud computing.
The theme of the three-day GreenPages conference, which is being held at the Portsmouth Sheraton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is "Cloudscape. Consquences, Opportunities & the New Reality."
Dupler took on the consequences of not dealing with the new cloud computing services reality head-on putting in front of IT executives an e-mail from a GreenPages customer who complained that the $100-million national solution provider 's cloud computing services focus is a mistake.
"The direction that GreenPages has taken does not align with our view of how IT should be run," wrote the client. "Cloud is the new outsource in the IT world and just like IT outsourcing in the 90s may be a fad and a downright bad business decision."
Dupler, for his part, said that customer is "trying to perpetuate the past" and ultimately is either going to "change his mind" or find himself "working in a new field."
The Kittery, Maine-headquartered GreenPages was one of the early cloud evangelists and has been out in front of the cloud computing services phenomenon advising customers to move to a fully virtualized IT environment in preparation for the cloud computing services era.
When GreenPages stepped up its cloud march in 2009 and polled customers on the cloud computing services model, 50 percent of them believed it was nothing more than market hype. At that time, the cloud computing services model was number 14 on the list of CIO priorities from respected IT market researcher Gartner. Today, cloud is number one on the Gartner list of CIO priorities and few CIOs believe it is not an issue they must deal with in one way or another.
Gartner has projected that global cloud computing services revenue will hit $148.8 billion in 2014.