Gartner Highlights Four Risks CIOs Should Address When Contracting for Cloud Services

Gartner Press Release, 3/9/11

Cloud Sourcing Contract Terms Often Favor the Provider, Leaving the Buyer Exposed

Although cloud offerings are rapidly maturing, the immaturity of cloud service contracting means that many contracts have structural deficits, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner has identified four risky issues that CIOs and sourcing executives should be aware of when contracting for cloud services.

“Cloud service providers will need to address these structural shortcomings to achieve wider acceptance of their standard contracts and to benefit from the economies of scale that come with that acceptance,” said Frank Ridder, research vice president at Gartner. “CIOs and sourcing executives have a duty to understand key areas of risk for their organizations.

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