Culture, not security, slowing move to cloud, says Pitney Bowes’ Whetstone

January 28, 2013

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stephen_whetstoneData security concerns are often cited as the biggest obstacles to cloud migration, but among many organizations and law firms, it is simply resistance to change slowing the move. “I think it’s more about culture, a sense of control, a sense of ‘our way is better,'” says Stephen Whetstone, Vice President of Pitney Bowes Legal Solutions, in Boston. Often, Whetstone says, the decision makers within a business may have the most to lose from outsourcing to the cloud tasks that are done at greater costs and less efficiently in-house. “It may be in their self interest to continue to do the work, but they also may recognize that shifting their job externally may put their position at risk,” he explains. He adds, “Job preservation can be a legitimate obstacle to moving to the cloud.” Of course, costs — or cost uncertainty — can be a major deterrent, too. Companies that have invested heavily in existing infrastructures may be reticent of “reinventing the wheel.” Still, “there’s been a huge migration toward the cloud,” Whetstone says. “To the extent that there’s a perception that law firms [and other organizations] are reticent to use cloud-based solutions, I think that that’s no longer true.” In this ACEDS podcast, Whetstone, who will speak at the 3rd Annual ACEDS Conference & Exhibition, tells how to maneuver resistance to the cloud and take advantage of the savings it promises.