The hype, enthusiasm and fright surrounding cloud computing runs like a swollen river in the spring.
Remember, FUD - fear, uncertainy and doubt? Well, FUD has turned to HEF (hype, enthusiasm and fright) when it comes to the cloud.
But, there's a way to simplify and position the cloud. Call it "strategic sourcing" as HP blogger Paul Muller suggests in a thoughtful post "When Compliance and Cloud Computing Collide. That will help convert the gatekeepers and technology-skpetical execs who, nonetheless, must still be convinced.
Is sourcing cloud computing any different Hershey's sourcing sugar, Goodyear sourcing rubber or Ford sourcing steel? Is cloud computing any more unique than the differences between sugar, rubber and steel? While you don't buy cloud computing by the ton, the answer is "not really."
As Paul points out, high-regulated industries break out in sweat about the cloud. Its cost and efficiency advantages may be compelling, but what about risk, compliance violations and reliability.Good questions, all.
The cloud relinquishes the on-premises control that minimizes those risks -- and averts nightmare `bet-the-business' scenarios.
But think about it: the most regulated enterprises -- healthcare providers and payers, banks and trading firms, government agencies come right to mind -- that figure out how to safely and reliability use the cloud will have an enormous competitive advantage. Ask yourself: do you want to lead or follow? That's the choice and that some enterprises would instantly respond "follow" is not always a bad thing.
But consider the trend. As Paul points out, the cloud is ideal "lower value" apps which require little more than registration or in some cases a credit card. But the free cloud apps offered today by Google, for instance, are edging up into real meat and potatoes apps that make enterprises run. In some instances like CRM and accounting, the cloud arrived years ago (thank you, Salesforce.com, which now claims 92.300 companies as customers).
Of course, the cloud is different than rubber, steel and sugar. There's immense due diligence to undertake and contracts to hammered out.
But for all the HEF, the cloud is do-able.
Follow me on Twitter.