Is cloud computing more beneficial to business than traditional outsourcing?

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I wrote an article today about some research commissioned by Google. I revealed a few things including the importance of cloud computing in driving company strategy.

The survey talks about the increasing role of CFOs in the IT decision making process as cloud computing is viewed as a means for companies to succeed rather than just cut costs.

Interestingly 64% of senior finance executives said cloud computing is more beneficial than traditional IT outsourcing. The cloud combines cost cutting with things like being able to take up the latest and greatest technology without having to pay for it up front. But doesn't traditional outsourcing offer that?

I would like your thoughts.

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Well, it's a very small survey - only 100 - that questioned "financial decision makers" to discover that they "believe that cloud computing will be important to the success of their businesses over the next couple of years".

To be honest, this just sounds like they've had a few lunches with people trying to sell cloud services and are now up-to-date on the latest fashions, rather than representing any serious technology strategy.

Anyway, cloud services are inevitably going to grow as the technology and business model mature, so it's pretty much a no-brainer to assume they will be more important in the next few years. No news here.

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