Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cloud Computing is Difficult For CEOs To Understand

Over the last week, there has been a resurgence in problems very intelligent people are having with the term 'Cloud Computing '. This problem is likely to worsen this week. So, what's going on ?

Upton Sinclair used to say- "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

I think - "It is difficult to get an on-premise CEO to understand something, when his maintenance revenue depends upon his not understanding it!", call it the Cloud Computing Sinclair Corollary.

For the rest of us that don't have that problem, its rather easy - an application that works on the internet without requiring you to install lots of software or buy hardware.

If you need further help, here is a video (hat tip Vinnie):

Next time you hear a CEO explain how he's finding it difficult to differentiate between decades of on-premise software and hardware, and cloud computing - give him a hug. He just can't understand - the maintenance revenue prevents it.

1 comment:

george said...

One of the most vital points which we overlook while talking about IT in any organization is the issue of software licensing. This becomes all the more important when it comes to always in a tight financial crunch school system. The traditional software licensing system is a mess. In fact, some of them are even exploitative. These licenses suck the money and time from the school systems. They desperately need a simpler licensing model. They don't want to spend more and more money on licenses and, also, want to invest minimal staff in managing their computing requirements. Cloud Computing, in general, and SaaS, in particular, offers them an easy way to get over the clutches of the traditional licensing models. The amount of money and time saved by schools due to the switch to a Cloud based system is very vital in strengthening the education system from America to Asia to Africa.
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