I thought cloud computing was supposed to be easy, transparent even. Apparently not.
Rachael King of Blomberg Business Week writes about a new job category: Cloud Services Brokers. Here's why she says brokers might be needed:
In the future, companies may hook up with more than a dozen different cloud services providers. Brokers would serve as intermediaries, offering such services as customization, integration, security, and aggregation.
Sounds to me that "cloud broker" is just a rewrite of the more familiar term, systems integrator. Indeed, on page 2 of the article, that's what gets admitted.
Nevertheless, there is this deliciously dire warning from Daryl Plummer of Gartner Research: "If companies integrate it themselves, they have no hope of saving money."
No hope, no hope, no...