Everybody’s talking about the cloud, but some voices are louder than others. We've chosen our top eight cloud quotes from thought leaders in the IT industry (with one exception), and threw in a little bit of context too.
First up? Steve Jobs, of course!
“I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.”
- Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO and Chairman, Apple Inc.
It’s true. The cloud offers access to data from anywhere, at any time, on any compatible device. This mobility expedites processes, improves collaboration, and empowers employees working remotely.
“If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.”
- Marc Benioff, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Salesforce
He’s got a point. The cloud is helping organizations operate more efficiently, while offering heightened security, complete compliance, scalability, unmatched support, and easy implementation. As he simply put it, it’s just better. Learn how to choose the best cloud provider here.
“With the cloud, individuals and small businesses can snap their fingers and instantly set up enterprise-class services.”
- Roy Stephan, Founder and CEO, PierceMatrix
Yep. The cloud has given small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) the ability to go toe-to-toe with the big guys; less manpower and fewer resources are no longer an obstacle. Using the power of the cloud, SMBs can now challenge long-standing industry behemoths.
“Every kid coming out of school now thinks he can be the next Mark Zuckerberg, and with these new technologies like cloud computing, he actually has a shot.”
- Marc Andreessen, Co-founder of Netscape, Board Member of Facebook
Millennials are the largest living generation, and most are pretty tech-savvy. Right behind them? Generation Z, who have never known a world without technology. Companies will not just survive, but thrive, by adapting to the latest tech trends in order to attract the best talent, and capture the next Zuckerberg.
"Ultimately, the cloud is the latest example of Schumpeterian creative destruction: creating wealth for those who exploit it; and leading to the demise of those that don’t."
- Joe Weinman, Senior VP, Telx; author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing
Scary, right? But Weinman is correct. Businesses that fail to adapt often fail themselves. Look at the Blockbusters and Borders of the world; they rested on laurels, and allowed cloud-based and tech-savvy companies to creep in and better meet the needs of consumers.
“Cloud computing is empowering; companies leveraging cloud will be able to innovate cheaper and faster.”
- Jamal Mazhar, Founder and CEO, Kaavo
Not going to argue with this. A move to the cloud can save money, and frees up IT teams from managing day-to-day tasks so that they can focus on improving operations and bettering the business.
“Line-of-business leaders everywhere are bypassing IT departments to get applications from the cloud and paying for them like they would a magazine subscription.”
- Daryl Plummer, Managing Vice President, Gartner
Whereas IT has always been viewed as a CFO-hated capital expense (CAPEX), many cloud computing models give companies the ability to pay only for services they use, much like a utility. This moves IT over to the operating expense (OPEX) side of the balance sheet and greatly simplifies financial planning. It also puts a smile on the CFO’s face.
“I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow… it’s cloud illusions I recall… I really don’t know clouds at all.”
- Judy Collins, Singer, “Both Sides Now”
Okay, you probably weren’t expecting this one. Even though Collins wasn't singing about "the cloud" as we know it today, the lyrics are certainly applicable. There’s public, private, virtual private, hybrid, and multi-clouds... With so many clouds, it’s hard to know which one is right for your organization. If you have cloud confusion, speak with one of our IT experts at DSM, Florida’s preferred cloud provider. We can help make sense of your cloud options and those Judy Collins lyrics!