Where You Stand Depends On Where You Sit
A great and timely journalistic effort here – and some very interesting comments!
Whether you "love" or "hate" "the cloud" (as if there were only one!), enterprise adoption of cloud computing is more of a reality than a threat. A recent enterprise cloud adoption report from a company called Cloud Sherpas found that 75 percent of enterprises worldwide are using or implementing at least one cloud-based application, and an additional five percent of enterprises surveyed are "kicking tires" in the cloud. And if that's not convincing, I suggest taking a look at the customer success stories proffered by companies such as ServiceNow, and the growing enterprise adoption of solutions such as Amazon Web Services.
As Andrew's fine summary hints at in the last slide, a lot of IT antipathy about cloud computing is perception-driven. If you're an IT person who thinks that your value to your enterprise is measured accurately by the number of servers you manage or "control," you're probably not a cloud computing fan. You're also probably not likely to retain your position indefinitely.
IT's actual and perceived value is increasingly determined by user experience and effects on enterprise agility, resilience, and trustworthiness ("ART"). While these are often related to more granular, insular, "inside-the-silicon-beltway" issues such as server uptime, but the focus is increasingly and should be on how the business perceives its ability to do business effectively. The smartest IT and business decision makers I've met and worked with consistently look at cloud computing and other technological options through this lens. Those that do not are the ones who are still mired in what I see as an increasingly irrelevant debate about whether or not cloud computing is sufficiently secure, robust, or whatever to be worthy of consideration.
Or as my sainted mother liked to say about opinions in general, "where you stand depends on where you sit."