Ever ready

In an interview with CIO Connect, Jo Stanford, Group IT Director of hospitality group De Vere, says that the cloud is the right platform for growth. Her aim is to push the business’ web strategy forward through 2011, and the roll-out of a dedicated hosting platform, or private cloud, is crucial to this strategy. The new hosting platform needs to support peaks and troughs in traffic, and also to provide the flexibility to deal with sudden changes in digital marketing campaigns. Jo was looking for a provider with a scalable hosting platform, and picked Claranet.

If you’re looking at the cloud, you might worry about the loss of control. Resources and contracts are crucial; if we move more business systems to the cloud, we’ll make sure we retain the licences. The cloud is not a panacea, but if it’s fit for your business then it can help to remove part of the technology headache. Jo Stanford, Group IT Director, De Vere Group