I meant to link this in my earlier piece, but the timing of this Industry Standard article was just priceless: IT’s cloud resistance is starting to annoy businesses, published April 21, the same day as Amazon’s EC2 outage.
David Linthicum’s points are all valid and horribly timed:
The core issue is one of control and fear of the unknown. Although you’d think that many in IT would be innovative and fast-moving, I’ve found that most are in fact very conservative, risk-averse tactical thinkers. Cloud computing means loss of control, potential for risk, and an aggressive strategic shift.
There does need to be a balance between leveraging new technology willy-nilly without thinking about issues like security and lock-in versus digging in your heels. I hope that both business and IT find the balance. Otherwise, at least a few enterprises will find that the benefits of cloud computing have passed them by.
In the end, it’s a matter of risk management, not risk aversion and certainly not cloud religion. For more smart perspectives, take a look at the last post’s comments which pretty much nail it from both sides (including one from ITKnowledgeExchange’s very own Eric Hansen).