ING examines cloud computing but finds licensing a problem

Cloud computing is on the minds of many IT pros, and Alan Boehme of ING Financial Services is no exception. ING is just the type of large user organization that cloud vendors want signing up for their various online business services. But while Boehme, senior vice president and head of IT strategy and enterprise architecture at ING, is excited about the potential of cloud computing, he says the industry needs to get a few things in order before this outsourced model fulfills its potential.

Boehme's biggest concern is that software licensing policies haven't caught up to the cloud. The cloud lets customers buy computing power on an as-needed basis, but software licenses for products that could be used in the cloud typically must be purchased up front, he says. Software licenses should also be available on an as-needed basis, he says.

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