A colleague forwarded me this editorial by two consultants at a startup firm outlining some of the reasons why cloud computing isn’t for everybody. They summarize the basics, such as security, lack of control, and other limitations.
Nor are their opinions alone, as others within the IT consulting industry have taken note, most notably companies such as IBM.
It seems that every technology goes through a hype cycle during which the technology is debuted, the buzz and anticipation builds around its capabilities and business benefits and finally crescendos with the declaration by industry pundits that it’s the end-all, be-all solution. It’s usually around this point that the realization of the technology’s limitations are made clear by real-world case studies and a more reserved approach is taken by industry analysts about its pros and cons as the technology begins to mature.
SaaS/cloud computing/PaaS (whatever you wish to call it) is now at this point, much like the CRM industry was 10+ years, and it’s refreshing to see industry consultants like the two authors in previously mentioned article.