What makes us think that cloud computing will change things beyond IT itself? History argues for it. Mainframe computers made operations research possible. The PC revolution made anyone a potential entrepreneur. Client-server enabled corporate reengineering, and smartphones created the app economy and computing from almost anywhere.
The cloud, we believe, draws on more diverse data sources, breaks down more silos, utilizes faster network speeds, and enables more powerful analyses, all at a lower cost than anything tech has seen before. It is not a technology that belongs to any one provider, or even a bunch of big tech companies. It is a new generation of computing, a new way of using resources, like mainframes, PCs, and servers were in their time.