All of these supposed roadblocks dont change the fundamental business case for moving toward a business model that doesnt include an in-house IT infrastructure.
If you look closely at these objections you'll realize the vast majority of businesses dont have a decent backup plan nor do they have business continuity plan in case of disaster. This makes the data integrity issue is a red herring. The integrity of the data is actually better when it sits in a professionally managed data center. If the business owner thinks he has control of his systems, he is sadly mistaken. The IT people control the systems, and the software manufacturers control how systems work.
Are these objections based on reality or the perception that using the Cloud services is so new that no one really understands the risks? The latter is more likely the case. New, disruptive technology has always had detractors that cant see the value until its too late and their competitors have passed them by.
Mike Scheuerman is an independent consultant with more than 26 years experience in strategic business planning and implementation. His experience from the computer room to the boardroom provides a broad-spectrum view of how technology can be integrated with and contributes significantly to business strategy. Mike can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.