Ms Stephanie Moore, Chief Marketing Officer at UST Global and also the chairperson for the session on Clouds, was thrilled to be present at NILF. There were several positives, as well as negatives working around this new idea but in reality, IT executives were freed of mundane tasks and could now concentrate on the strategic interests of business. According to a research conducted by Forrester,  the challenges were related to which models to adopt, how much of control to give up and redefining the roles in the organisation, to map this change. The set of challenges also veered towards managing headcount and build an effective structure to address organisational needs. There was a thought on what to put in the cloud. It was generally felt that non differentiators, from an organisational perspective, could be leveraged, using the cloud computing model in order to capitalise on value. From the service providers angle, there was tremendous value in service aggregation and some of the best in breed service aggregators, featured as Global 500 companies, Ms Moore said. To embrace the cloud, it was important to adapt a “cloud strategy” and decide on a definitive model. For instance, if using a private cloud, role definition from the user and the vendor’s perspective needs to be clarified. She invited Mr William Bauman, senior vice president of CA Inc to take the dais. more