Every company has its reason for embracing or not embracing the cloud. In the case of companies in heavily regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, regulatory compliance is a convenient excuse for luddites to shun the cloud and its potential benefits.
And consultants who serve those markets say that while CIOs and other IT managers cite compliance as the reason for not embracing cloud services and applications, it’s really an excuse by managers who just don’t want to move to the cloud for whatever reason.
“There’s a perception that has existed that the cloud is less secure,” said Tom Crawford, CIO strategic advisor and president of the consultancy AVOA. “Part of that stems from the basis, wrongfully so, that I cannot secure something unless it’s inside my own data center. For the most part that no longer holds water. Internal systems are often less secure.”