Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed a constant stream of IT executives and technology professionals view cloud as a threat to their careers. The business side of the organization has always been a captive customer of IT’s services, and now IT feels threatened by the litany of low-cost solutions readily available in the public cloud.
Every once in a while IT begrudgingly agrees to implement a public cloud solution. When the do, they carefully fence it off from the rest of IT—nominally to protect the company from hackers, but equally to protect the purity of IT. Treating cloud as a standalone point solution enables them to create a self-fulfilling prophecy, using the mixed results to demonstrate that cloud just can’t hack it in the real world.