I recently had lunch with Jennifer Warawa, Global Vice President, Product Marketing, Sage
during which I made the comment - "I don't want to hear about the cloud any more". Read along to see what I meant and let me know your thoughts.
What did I mean by that? What I really and truly meant by that statement is that I am tired of seeing it on the agenda at conferences. I am tired of seeing it in magazines. I am tired of hearing it on television. I am tired of reading it in ads. I am tired of reading it in my own magazine, for crying out loud! If you have not figured it out yet, I am basically tired of hearing about the cloud.
Why am I tired, you ask? Because the cloud is a reality that we all need to deal with and accept. The cloud is here to stay, whether you like it or not. Cloud accounting is the business model that ALL of the accounting software developers are embracing, despite the fact that those with desktop solutions continue to say they are not going to abandon the desktop (which none of us believes).
What I am really and truly tired of hearing and seeing is the "Why move to the cloud". Do we really need to sit through a 2 hour session on why I should move to the cloud. Really? Do I really need to read another piece or sit through a web seminar explaining how the cloud allows access to everything from everywhere? Do I really need to listen to a podcast on cloud security? It just seems to me that we, as a profession, should be beyond these topics.
We all use cloud based technology already. We run our households and our day to day lives in the cloud. We all back up in the cloud. Why are so many accounting professionals (you) having to be dragged to the cloud? Why are they (you) having to drag their (your) clients?
The fact that the major messaging is focused on why move to the cloud really makes no sense to me whatsoever. Maybe you can help me understand why that is and perhaps you'd like to share your thoughts. The article is titled "The Cloud - Love It Or Hate It?". What about you? Do you love it or hate it? We'd like to know.