In my years as a cloud computing consultant, I am always taken back by my client’s request to have techs with vertical-specific knowledge help with their cloud projects. Moreover, they seek vertical-specific clouds and cloud services, or clouds that are known to do well in a particular industry or sector and have services aligned with those industries.

Although this may make sense at a broad level, there are some things that should call this industry-specific approach into question as you move to the cloud. Here are two caveats that I’ve been considering lately.

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Capabilities matter more than industry

The capabilities of the technology are more important than the canned vertical-oriented processes and/or prebuilt industry specific metadata.I’m finding that most technology that is vertically specific, in the cloud or not, is typically not the best of breed for that technology.

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