Catching Up: Don't Compete With The Cloud. Be The Cloud.
Cloud services are now so mature and well adopted that surely it is time to start discussions and make plans about how to manage and tune the cloud services that the company may have purchased. If that sounded a bit sarcastic and presumptive, well, it was meant to be. The author is willing to bet, however, that most organizations that are pursuing and/or already using some form of cloud services do not have sufficient mechanisms and metrics in place to manage the cloud services they are contracting. Some IT organizations view cloud services as a threat to their survival and are working hard to "Catch up" with cloud offerings so that their internal services can compete with those offerings.