The explosion in cloud services could end IT as we know it. This is explained in detail in "Making the Cloud Relevant," a white paper by Keith Jahn, Director, Office of the CTO, HP Software & Solutions. I believe this is particularly relevant to our energy industry!
The white papers explores a scenario in which the explosion in cloud services could trigger the end of IT organizations as they exist. Although this paper is not industry-specific, I believe the impact of the cloud will be very dramatic for energy companies.
The author, Keith Jahn, Director, Office of the CTO for HP Software & Services, provides a high-level explanation for how cloud services will produce the end of IT as we know it. Fortunately, there is an alternative strategy that can produce a happy ending.