2 reasons to avoid industry-specific cloud technology

DAVID LINTHICUM | March 1, 2019

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In my years as a cloud computing consultant, I am always taken back by my client’s request to have techs with vertical-specific knowledge help with their cloud projects. Moreover, they seek vertical-specific clouds and cloud services, or clouds that are known to do well in a particular industry or sector and have services aligned with those industries.Although this may make sense at a broad level, there are some things that should call this industry-specific approach into question as you move to the cloud. Here are two caveats that I’ve been considering lately. The capabilities of the technology are more important than the canned vertical-oriented processes and/or prebuilt industry specific metadata.I’m finding that most technology that is vertically specific, in the cloud or not, is typically not the best of breed for that technology.For example, I’ve seen companies pick cloud databases largely due to fact that they are more vertically aligned. However, they often are poor cloud-based databases compared to others on the same cloud or other clouds, and selecting them limits the enterprise’s abilities to do advanced tasks that they most likely need now or will need in the future.

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