We're increasingly hearing about enterprise technology selection teams being given a mandate from above to "go cloud-first" wherever possible, and provide specific justifications when they don't select a cloud-based solution. This is happening in both private and public sectors.
More broadly, there's a growing misconception that cloud is an end in itself, rather than a means to end. That never bodes well.
Where does this confusion of ends and means come from? The ever-astute Michael Krigsman blames charlatan thought-leaders.
Krigsman makes a good point, but traditional software vendors are pushing this hard, too. Leave aside Google and Salesforce for a minute. The biggest enterprise cloud pushers right now? It's the purveyors of traditionally on-premise solutions, such as Microsoft. And they may have more pull with your CIO.
I believe traditional software vendors have followed a very consistent path here:
It then falls to the underlings to point out to their leadership that...
When I say "vendor" above, you can insert Microsoft, Oracle, EMC, IBM, Adobe, XYZ....take your pick.
By the way, I am pro-cloud and pro-outsourcing where it makes sense. For example, you can often make a good case for managed hosting of many enterprise applications -- though this is usually best left to a dedicated hosting provider and not the software vendor. Also many other vendors can offer built-from-the-ground-up-for-cloud (typically SaaS) offerings, rather than frankensteined on-premise clones. But even SaaS-based solutions don't make all those challenges go away.
And most importantly: the delivery model itself is not transformational for you the customer. What you do with the technology is what can transform your business.
Let me know if we can help explain that to your boss...
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