Simon is active in our Windows Azure incubation team working with customers who are interested in getting value from the Windows Azure Platform. Hence I was keen to share some of his high level thoughts on where the opportunities lie.
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by Simon Thurman, Microsoft UK
I categorise business opportunities into 3 areas: Demand, Automation and Economic. When thinking about demand you don’t really need to determine too accurately the number of users of your application, or where those users will be geographically. Automation is about being able to react quickly to a market opportunity. Economics is primarily concerned with business models.
Under the high level categories are attributes that further define the area. In other words, if your business requirements demonstrate any of these attributes it may well be worth considering the cloud.