If you think to yourself, hmmm, another Three on Thursday collection that highlights more on the cloud, really? I would say to you, “Really!”

There are paradigm shifts happening across multiple industries as a result of advancements in technology. The reality is that as I’m curating content based on your top-shared posts, there will likely be few columns without a cloud slant.
 
What it brings to mind is this:
 
“It’s evolve or die, really, you have to evolve, you have to move on otherwise it just becomes stagnant.” - Craig Charles
 
And as I think about your business – it could become stagnant. Why? Well, the obvious, if you don’t do it – make the move to offer cloud solutions – your competition will. And if the customer is seeing the benefits of cloud-based solutions, and you can’t step in to help take their IT business needs there, your business will do just that – become stagnant.
 
So this week’s Three on Thursday is about Evolve or Die. And the following three posts each touch on evolution in their own way. Peruse for yourself…
  • Is There Room for Distributors in a Cloud-Based World?: Anders Trolle-Schultz approaches cloud services from the perspective of the IT distributor and is looking at whether there is an opportunity for distributors to evolve, given the direction the technology and marketplace are heading.
  • Training Spotlight: Windows Server 2012: Brigitte Hayes, whose role is about helping partners to evolve through her readiness programs, has yet another timely post about the Windows Server 2012 update and release candidate. Here she also highlights a couple of WPC sessions for cloud service providers.
 
In closing this post, I realize that I might sound a bit alarmist or almost negative, and I think that sometimes there is a place to be a straight-shooter. I think given where we are, now is the time to consider how your business will remain competitive as more companies move to the cloud.
 
Share your thoughts below in the comments – I’d love to hear how you’re evolving!
 
-Kat​