The Cloud and CRM

I attended a Cloud Business Summit last week in London, UK. It amazes me how Cloud as a generic 'offering' still suffers from the lack of a clear and universal definition. This was something my colleague Anthony Lye covered during his speech at the event. Here is an extract from what Anthony had to say on the topic:

"Cloud Computing has existed, in one guise or another, for almost 10 years. Despite this, there remains significant hype around the cloud as well as confusion as to exactly what it involves. While there isn't a universally agreed definition of Cloud Computing, at its most basic level the cloud simply consists of servers attached to a network, delivering storage, applications and hardware as services over the internet. These servers may sit inside an organization's firewall and operate as a 'private Cloud' or they may run on networks within an external environment, in what's known as a 'public Cloud'.

Do you agree? Is the confusion holding back investments or are the benefits of Cloud clear enough to encourage mass adoption?

Let me know your thoughts. If you want to read the full article you can read it via www.businesscloud9.com/sponsororacle.

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