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Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide by David S. Linthicum

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Chapter 4. Making the Business Case for Clouds

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.

—Woody Allen (1935–)

You might think that cloud computing would always be more cost effective than on-premise computing. However, the value that cloud computing brings to your enterprise depends on many variables and dynamics of your business. Therefore, like anything that means change, you need to work the business case first to see the ultimate worth of this approach.

The forces at work here include strategic and tactical issues that should be analyzed, including the ability to shift risk to cloud computing providers, the ability to drive down operating costs, the ability to fix inefficiencies within the existing architecture, and the ...

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