You should listen to that annoying cloud skeptic

Hyped technology, including the cloud, tends to be used where it does not belong. Naysayers help you avoid that mistake

You might enjoy mocking the people in your organization who push back on cloud adoption, but it’s good to have them around. Sometimes they're right.

You know the type: While everyone is talking about their cloud computing plans, the naysayer crosses his or her arms while talking about how the use of the cloud is “unsecure” and “costs too much.”

These naysayers were in the majority a few years ago, but today their voices are now largely ignored. It's now safe — even trendy — to push the use of public cloud computing; gone is the worry of being fired or shunned. Also, for the most part, cloud implementations seem to be working. The facts are on your side, too.

However, approaching any new technology trend with healthy skepticism is never a bad idea. Indeed, I like the people who constantly ask the tough questions around cloud deployments.

As it turns out, cloud deployment can be insecure — unless you take the steps to use the right security approaches and technologies. Many enterprises don’t. Also, using public clouds can indeed cost "too much” unless you make sure to run the numbers comparing the total costs of using a cloud platform over a period of years versus those of running on-premises options.

Nothing is black-and-white when it comes to emerging technologies, including the cloud. The cloud has great value, but you need to understand that asset in context of your own IT environment. Moreover, you need to continue to ask questions and not to accept the use of any technology based on surface observations.

Hyped technology, including the cloud, tends to be used where it does not belong. A kind of groupthink occurs where everyone moves toward the new shiny technology without checking to see if the technology is a good fit. I suspect this groupthink syndrome occurs at a lot of cloud deployments.

If you work with someone who keeps questioning the use of cloud computing — or any new technology, for that matter — give real consideration to that person’s opinion. Having a skeptic around means that you're constantly considering the tough questions. That’s a good thing.

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