Once I asked readers: Does cloud computing eliminate complexity? Sure, cloud computing is a celebrated "new" technology, but we got ourselves all wrapped up in it before we understood its repercussions. Do yourself a favor and examine cloud offerings against some realistic metrics for what you and your organization consider success. And don't forget the Law of Unintended Consequences. Moving components from your internal infrastructure to the cloud probably won't reduce complexity, just brush it under the rug. "Out of sight, out of mind" sounds good until it's the foundation for your IT infrastructure.
Privacy is important, but it's not the only issue. Regulatory compliance and a host of other potential challenges face companies deploying cloud technologies, but most of these will be worked out over time. Cloud computing isn't inherently good or evil; technology is technology. Its effects on your organization are a direct result of the planning and management you put into its deployment and operation.
There's my short list. Now I sign off for the last time. Thanks to Eric and InfoWorld for giving me the opportunity to participate in this community, and thanks to Dave Linthicum for stepping in to take over this column. If you're interested in following what's next for me just add me on Twitter, or drop me a line.