But first Haines had to clean out its legacy infrastructure in a process that’s still ongoing. More often than not, being nimble requires a cloud first approach—an unlikely strategy given the size of its acquisition-happy rivals. “What I’ve been doing is ripping out legacy and replacing them with software as a service,” said Haines.
His first move was ditching Microsoft Outlook and Exchange for Google Apps. Okta, which manages identity as a service, Zendesk (helpdesk), Concur (expense management, Box (doc sharing) and Tidemark (analytics) were ushered in to put IT in front of business. BlackBerries were tossed—along with the servers that went with them—for Apple iPhones and cloud mobile device management tools. Haines’ method is to replace commodity infrastructure with cloud services.
(Full Story: Pabst CIO Ben Haines brewing cloud first IT | ZDNet)