People misunderstand cloud. They get confused between what the words means and how to describe it to customers and colleagues. This got me thinking of a situation I encountered years’ ago while waiting for a train. Let me tell you the story.
I’m waiting for a train and I suddenly become aware of a conversation going on behind me.
“I’ve put the money in and the damn thing isn’t working”.
I turned round and saw two elderly people standing in front of a weighing machine.
I went up to them and asked them what was wrong.
The old lady said “we put our money in to the slot and its not working”. She showed me what they were doing and it yes she was right, it didn’t work.The old man explained “ it says on the machine PUT YOUR MONEY IN THE SLOT AND STAND ON THE PLATFORM. We have been doing that but it doesn’t work”.
I then realised. The machine had a sign saying they had to STAND ON THE PLATFORM but because the machine was on a PLATFORM ( the railway station platform ) they were confused. Literally speaking they were right, but because the machine was standing on a railway platform the message was ambiguous and caused confusion.
So then I thought about the confusion with cloud and the sometimes ambiguous and confusing messages we hear every day. They remind me of my railway platform experience and it taught me that when having a discussion about cloud it pays to make sure you are
STANDING ON THE PLATFORM!!!