Last Word: Getting warm and fuzzy in the Cloud
The Cloud is a significant long term trend that you ignore at your peril. Like the introduction of the PC and Open Systems in the ‘80s/‘90s, you can either selectively embrace the Cloud or find yourself bypassed by the business units who will introduce Cloud based solutions to suit their tactical needs and political agendas.
Unless you embrace the cloud, albeit in a controlled and limited way, you risk losing control of the IT Architecture, which will lead to an overly complex, costly and ineffective environment in the long run. Even worse, while individual business units may gain some temporary benefits, the overall organisational agility will decrease and the alignment of IT to the business will break down, creating longer term problems for the organisation as a whole.