When it comes to business IT, there is perhaps no more common topic of conversation than cloud computing; unfortunately, just because it’s at the top of modern discussions doesn’t change the fact that most business people have no idea what the fuss is all about. In August 2012, Citrix Cloud Survey Guide wrote, “First to mind when asked what ‘the cloud’ is, a majority respond it’s either an actual cloud, the sky, or something related to weather.” Sad, but true. If you’re still wrapping your mind around the cloud and how it affects business sin the modern world, here are some more cloud computing quotes that can expand on this ironic statement.
10 Cloud Computing Quotes
1. Robert DeSisto, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, @RobDeSisto
“Pay-for-use was supposed to be one of the foundational tenants of SaaS but has rarely been offered because SaaS vendors want large contract lock in. SaaS vendors were also supposed to be agnostic to the end of quarter or end of year deals. Clearly, in my experience of reviewing hundreds of contracts a year, SaaS vendor salespeople behave just like their on-premise ancestors. The bottom line is SaaS vendors will resist to the move to ‘pay as you go’ because it will have a very big impact on their business model predictability.”
2. Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, @Benioff
“If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.”
3. Steve Jobs, Late Chairman and Co-Founder of Apple
“I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.”
4. Daryl Plummer, Managing Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, @DarylPlummer
“Line-of-business leaders everywhere are bypassing IT departments to get applications from the cloud (also known as software as a service, or SaaS) and paying for them like they would a magazine subscription. And when the service is no longer required, they can cancel that subscription with no equipment left unused in the corner.”
5. David Linthicum, Author of “Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide,” @DavidLinthicum
“If you think you’ve seen this movie before, you are right. Cloud computing is based on the time-sharing model we leveraged years ago before we could afford our own computers. The idea is to share computing power among many companies and people, thereby reducing the cost of that computing power to those who leverage it. The value of time share and the core value of cloud computing are pretty much the same, only the resources these days are much better and more cost effective.”
6. Nicholas Carr, Author, @RoughType
“Discontinued products and services are nothing new, of course, but what is new with the coming of the cloud is the discontinuation of services to which people have entrusted a lot of personal or otherwise important data – and in many cases devoted a lot of time to creating and organizing that data. As businesses ratchet up their use of cloud services, they’re going to struggle with similar problems, sometimes on a much greater scale. I don’t see any way around this – it’s the price we pay for the convenience of centralized apps and databases – but it’s worth keeping in mind that in the cloud we’re all guinea pigs, and that means we’re all dispensable. Caveat cloudster.”
7. Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President, Industries, Salesforce.com, @VivekKundra
“Cloud computing is often far more secure than traditional computing, because companies like Google and Amazon can attract and retain cyber-security personnel of a higher quality than many governmental agencies.”
8. Dr. Chris Harding, Director for Interoperability and SOA at The Open Group
“Flying by the seat of the pants must have been a great experience for the magnificent men in the flying machines of days gone by, but no one would think of taking that risk with the lives of 500 passengers on a modern aircraft. The business managers of a modern enterprise should not have to take that risk either. We must develop standard cloud metrics and ROI models, so that they can have instruments to measure success.”
9. Scott McNealy, Former CEO, Sun Microsystems, @ScottMcNealy
“We believe we’re moving out of the Ice Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Age, the Information Age, to the participation age. You get on the Net and you do stuff. You IM (instant message), you blog, you take pictures, you publish, you podcast, you transact, you distance learn, you telemedicine. You are participating on the Internet, not just viewing stuff. We build the infrastructure that goes in the data center that facilitates the participation age. We build that big friggin’ Webtone switch. It has security, directory, identity, privacy, storage, compute, the whole Web services stack.”
10. Drs. Chris Brauer and Jennifer Barth, Centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST)
“The appeal of wearable technology is down to the rich data generated by the devices, which is stored and analyzed in the cloud. The ability to access these insights from the cloud – anywhere, anytime -enables wearable technology users to boost their intelligence, confidence, health, fitness and even their love lives.”
11. Brad Jefferson, CEO and Co-Founder of Animoto, @BradJefferson
“Cloud computing is really a no-brainer for any start-up because it allows you to test your business plan very quickly for little money. Every start-up, or even a division within a company that has an idea for something new, should be figuring out how to use cloud computing in its plan.”
Still a Bit Hazy On the Cloud?
Of course, cloud computing quotes can only do so much if you’re still unsure what the cloud is all about. If you’d like to reach a more complete understand on just what cloud computing is and its implications – positive and negative – for your industry and company, get in touch for a conversation.
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