News flash: CIOs are sick of cloud everything


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For those who wanted cloudwashing to just go away, 2014 wasn’t a very good year. But that won’t keep CIOs and other techies from hoping the practice — in which vendors and others append the term “cloud” to almost anything, whether it’s relevant or not — will die in the coming year, as CIO Journal (paywall) pointed out in its year-in-review opus.

The problem with the term “cloud computing” is that it has been stretched, molded and tortured to mean almost anything and has been applied to cover decades-old hosted solutions. As a result it means too many things to too many people to actually mean anything at all. “It gives non-IT people something to say and feel like they know what they’re talking about,” Shawn Wiora, CIO of Creative Solutions in Healthcare, told the journal.

Cloud was the only term that showed up both the CIO Journal’s list and Gigaom’s Jeff Roberts’ list of 10 tech cliches we should trash in 2015. Maybe that should tell us something.

Besides cloud, the most interesting item on the CIO list of abused cliches is “IT/business alignment,” another hackneyed phrase that’s outlived its usefulness. As Stuart Kippelman, CIO of Covanta Energy, pointed out in the piece, if IT and business are not already aligned, “you’ve got a real problem.”



That’s a bit wishful .. despite all the enterprise security concerns ( not unfounded, mind you – with all the breaches), vendor lock-in horror stories etc. it’s easy as a CIO to think the legacy visibility is the best case. Except that converged infrastructure and a good hybrid cloud strategy offers too many financial, devOps and scalability benefits to ignore. Sure it’s complicated, and no, everything hosted elsewhere isn’t cloud – it’s just a distributed architecture. Enterprise cloud dev’s time is now and it can massively close the time-to-market-delivery gap bit. ly/ 1NdhhhV – Eamon Walsh, commenting on behalf of IDG and Red Hat


the definition of cloud that I like is “Other peoples servers” makes it easier to get a handle on.


Quite well, the user need not know or care what host their app runs on, or even where in the world it resides.

fred mcgalliard

If the user does not care if part or all of his data/executing programs are taken down by storm, war, cyber attack, or government intervention at any time, then his lack of interest makes sense. Otherwise at least part of his org had better know a lot more than “it’s on the cloud – somewhere”.


Billgncs is from Marketing, which explains it, from his perspective……


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Amen. We stepped away from using “THE CLOUD” last year, except where we had to, limiting that phrase to only where it was applicable to a specific service we are integrating into our product. It was a good lesson in not hopping on the buzzword bandwagon just to seem hip.


Smart move. I realized we were jumping on the buzzword bandwagon when our company started saying “we do cloud” in staff meetings. smh.

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