The party line around enterprise cloud computing is that the cloud is always a welcome addition to IT technology portfolios. However, in the real world, that's not always the case. Indeed, IT is still skeptical about the value and use of cloud computing. As a result, the business side is becoming impatient over the speed and innovation of IT or, more accurately, the perceived lack thereof.
But don't take my word for it. A new study from Accenture and the London School of Economics and Political Science's Outsourcing Unit shows that IT people still see issues like security and privacy as a barrier to cloud adoption.
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Accenture and the LSE surveyed more than 1,035 business and IT executives and conducted more than 35 interviews with cloud providers, system integrators, and cloud service users. The key finding: There's a gap between business and IT. Businesspeople see the excitement and business benefits of cloud computing, so they're pushing for it. However, IT people see cloud computing as causing issues with security and lock-in, so they're pushing back.
Business is already frustrated about the speed with which IT delivers business solutions that aid the bottom line; IT has the reputation of being the Department of No when it comes to moving into new markets, expanding the enterprise through acquisition, or supporting other business events. Those who drive the business see cloud computing as a way to get around many of the reasons that IT says no. IT's response is to say no to the cloud.