Every IT executives is looking at cloud solutions; the challenge is where to start. Well here is my suggestion. Identify customer facing web applications that have sharp variations in demand. Some notable examples are Domino’s Pizza and NFL.com on Super Bowl Sunday, IRS.gov around April 15th, online retailers right after Thanksgiving, etc. In the past IT professionals might have configured their web servers to handle the heaviest loads and peak demand. In today’s challenging economic environment the opposite approach makes sense. Build to the valley and get 90%+ utilization of your existing hardware/infrastructure. Rely upon cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure to handle the (sporadic) peak demand. Moving internal, employee-facing applications to the cloud is tricky, filled with security, compliance and organizational challenges. But these customer facing applications are ideal for the cloud and will make you look like a star, to both your CIO and CFO.