Poll: Do Steve Ballmer and Microsoft have their heads in the cloud?

Cloud computing is all the rage in information technology, but what does it really mean? This poll asks TechRepublic members for their thoughts.

Cloud computing is a strong buzzword in the information technology industry these days. Google, Facebook, Cisco, and a bunch of other companies, big and small, all have strategies designed to take advantage of this thing popularly known as "the cloud." Even Microsoft has a cloud computing strategy. Steve Ballmer spent over an hour explaining the company's strategy to an audience at Washington University on March 4, 2010. If you want some insight to that strategy, you can view the presentation.

But is all this "strategy" on cloud computing really going to pan out to create a better, more efficient business? Since TechRepublic members are known to be on the front lines of IT implementation, I thought it would be a good idea to ask members where they stand with regard to the cloud and the potential of cloud computing as a business model. And please, jump in the discussion to expound on the topic.

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By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.