Yep. Them dang magazines. Or them dang online "executive" websites. Often, "cloud" isn't an intelligent decision arrived at from collaboration between all concerned parties, as well-detailed in the earlier posts, it's "somebody's boss read a magazine article or saw something on the WSJ site," and next thing you know, the commandment comes down: WE MUST GO TO THE CLOUD, even though nobody involved in the issuance of the commandment even knows what the fuck "the cloud" actually IS. Or what it isn't.
Been through it many times. Every sortsighted headstrong exec who reads magazines hands down A Commandment:
We're Going Client-Server
We're Going Object-Oriented
We're Going Groupware
We're Going To Quality Circles
We're Going To Mobile
We're Going To The Cloud
They're a bunch of 5th graders worried they're missing The Next Cool Thing. They want the Pokemon, the Teddy Ruxpin, the Furby, THE COOL NEW TOY even if they get bored with it by the time they go back to school after Christmas. But in this case, everyone in the organization suffers for their fetish.
I mean, ask your friends.
"You guys putting things in the cloud?"
"Management said we had to."
"Man, shut up. You already owe me a beer."
They know. You know. "Cloud" is just another fad. A new bandwagon. Some organizations can benefit from it. A lot cannot. But when you get edicts from on high, absent a rational review (again, as ably described in other posts in this thread), well, you're fuXX0red before you even start, because your organization is doing something because "somebody said so," and not necessarily because it's needed or useful.