Whatever you may think of the , it’ll likely be the law of the land for the next four to eight years, so enterprises that use high technology need to adapt. My advice: Distribute your technology talent globally, with help from the power of cloud computing and other technologies.

It was not so long ago that you had to be physically near the systems to build and maintain them. These days, however, systems are pervasive, and your location has little impact on your ability to design, build, deploy, and operate business systems. 

What puzzles me is the number of enterprises that have systems running all over the world, thanks to cloud computing, but that require people to be located in the corporate offices. My advice, again: Get good at distributing your people, all over the world if needed, like we’re getting good at distributing IT resources, thanks to the cloud.

Get good at distribution: data, development, processes, applications, and yes, people. I routinely run teams that are multinational, and the use of cloud computing becomes the common thread that allows distributed teams to be successful. In fact, I believe they’re more successful in such cloud-connected teams than if you made them show up to an official corporate cubicle each day.