Resistance to the Cloud: A matter of security? Or familiarity?

Change is hard – I, for one, am a person who prefers paper.  When I am sent an article to read, or technical information to evaluate – it is very likely that I will print it so I can hold it in my hands, highlight important sections, make notes, and maintain it for future reference.  Unlike my peers who have embraced paperless systems, and the varied applications to support it, I am old school.  If I can’t touch it, it doesn’t seem real.

The truth is, I could accomplish the same work with less cost and waste utilizing technology.  But I have some resistance.  I am comfortable with the familiar.

In much the same way, many people are resistant to moving to cloud technology, as they like the hands on, visual manifestation of their technology.  The view of large server rooms, wires-a-million, and busy IT professionals, brings them comfort and a sense of control.  But at what cost?

Cloud technology brings with it simplicity, less waste, and answers to everyday issues such as disaster planning and automated updates to software with a simple click.  Many people use security as the rationale for hesitation, but I would ask if that is really true.  We have all been banking on line for years, we have major hospital systems sharing medical data in browser based systems across the country, and the security technology has advanced to address even the most complex concerns.  I imagine, like me, many are simply more comfortable with the familiar.
While I am spending money on ink, paper, and cluttering my office with binders of information, not moving to the cloud has more significant implications for organizations today.


  1. You can be an early adapter, one who makes the move with the masses, or get dragged, but cloud technology appears to be coming one way or another.  Microsoft has made its intentions clear moving its products to the cloud, with limited availability of on premise solutions for their CRM, ERP and Microsoft Office products – and they are not alone.  Look at the “big boys” like Oracle, SAP, and SalesForce – all offering cloud based business/enterprise solutions.  It is only a matter of time before on-premise solutions are phased out of the market.
  2. If you aren’t continuously seeking to maximize your resources, you will not remain competitive in the market.  If your competitors have made the shift, and reduced operations costs, they are able to reduce pricing for their products and services.    If you are still upgrading servers and paying extensive consulting fees to manage your upgrades, and data, it will be more difficult to compete in today’s market against companies that made the shift and can undercut your bids.
  3. By transitioning now, you can take advantage of incentives being offered to companies moving to the cloud.  Some organizations are offering as much as 40% off of their license pricing to encourage early adoption of this technology.  If you wait to be “dragged” it is unlikely you will find similar incentives.


The take-away is that, I get it.  We appreciate the familiar, and often resort back to more comfortable patterns rather than adopting new, and sometimes better, choices.  But for organizations, this isn’t a personal decision with minimal expense – it is about efficiency, remaining competitive in the marketplace, and your company’s reputation as an innovator in technology.  Evaluate your resistance to the transition: is it about security?  Or, perhaps, might it be that you just like it how it has always been?

“Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers and business.”
— Mark Sanborn


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