Cloud Computing: A Strategic Engine of Change or Just Another Tool in the Kit?

A. DeCarlo
A. DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:       

  • Massive, multi-billion dollar growth projections and continuous vendor and service provider marketing keep a white-hot spotlight on cloud computing.
  • Yet, as rich as the potential benefits of on-demand computing are, enterprises are approaching the cloud with caution as well as some very fundamental questions which, left unanswered, will keep the model from becoming anything but a tactical tool.

If you believe everything you read, the cloud is supposed to be the cure for all that ails the enterprise.  Flexible, cost-effective, and scalable, the cloud holds a lot of promise for organizations struggling with severe budget limitations.  Every self-respecting vendor and managed IT services provider needs to have a coherent and innovative cloud strategy or risk looking backward in a fast-moving space.  Market projections seem to come out every week talking up the cloud’s potential value in astronomical multi-billion dollar terms.  The last one I saw projected cloud sales to top the $39 billion mark… this year. Continue reading “Cloud Computing: A Strategic Engine of Change or Just Another Tool in the Kit?”