There is always a hype word or concept in technical fields, and it is up to us as technology professionals to determine if it is really hype or if the current industry topic/discussion may be life changing for our organizations. The talk amongst the “cool data kids on the block” right now is “the cloud.”  

With the ever-present request of IT teams to do more with less, we can’t help but turn at least one ear and one furrowed brow to the conversation. After all, our data volumes are increasing, budgets are decreasing and our teams are spread past thin – something’s gotta give and thus we are all compelled to give the cloud some serious consideration. A number of key business drivers will help us determine and justify when moving to a cloud environment is no longer hype but a necessary reality.

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