re: Expect To Save Millions In The Cloud? Prove It
Cost is one important factor. So is speed and adaptability. If my infrastructure team needs 12 months to put in place the infrastructure for a new initiative, and the Software As A Service Provider can turn it on in one month, that's a plus for the cloud. Additionally, if I build big infrastructure on one document management platform (to use an arbitrary example), and I want to change, I have to deal with staff skills obsolescence, resistance to change, retraining. If I don't have to support every bit and byte of the platform, I have a leaner base of skilled workers to retrain at the conceptual and use level.
All this means adaptability, flexibility, scalability. Those are the reasons I want the cloud. I would pay 10% more to have those things. If I can get it for less, that's gravy.