This time, Cloud looks here to stay, and quite possibly overtaking all other forms of outsourcing. Even the low cost model of offshoring can’t compete – no labor is cheaper than cheap labor.
The cloud is here and screaming for attention. Every strategic IT group within the legacy organizations I am working with has been mandated by the senior executives to have a cloud strategy by the end of this year to rollout in 2015. Not to meet a particular business strategy per se, but to be seen to be doing otherwise is being seen as doing nothing.
Cloud computing agreements vary widely across the many providers and the many forms of cloud services. The contract can range from a vendor’s standardized click-wrap agreement for a vanilla SaaS to a multi-layered, heavily negotiated contract comprised of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS in public and private clouds.