Cost, price and ROI are always going to be part of the decision process for selecting any new technology or service - cloud or otherwise - no matter how popular the solution may be.
But the key to achieving the most value from cloud investments means widening you horizons to include the impact it will have throughout the organisation and how it will affect the ability to operate the business, service customers, innovate and even adopt other technologies in the future.
This paper looks at the wider improvements that cloud investments can bring about, including:
Increasing the influence of IT in the boardroom
Lowering the barriers to continuous improvement in application delivery
Productivity gains and efficiency
Continual business improvement.
With advice about how to begin the journey, this paper is essential reading for anyone formulating a cloud computing strategy and seeking to justify their ideas to the board.