I hate “The Could”. Not the technology, the term “The Cloud” and everything sales and marketing departments have made it out to be. At the heart, The Cloud is just someone else’s computer. It is not a panacea that takes away all of an organizations technology headaches, and it’s not a scary black hole where hackers congregate to data mine organizational data.
The cloud simplifies a lot of challenges within an organization and complicates others. It’s not free, but may be cheaper than hosting services yourself. The specifics of each is as individual as the organization.
The cloud is not going away. As organizations continue to leverage hosted platforms I hope they can look past the sales jargon and marketing promises and focus on the technology and how it benefits the organization.