While moving into cloud computing solutions can do a lot of good things for businesses, Joe McKendrick wrote on Forbes that many businesses simply aren't asking the right questions. Companies are thinking of important questions like which model they want to use, how they need to move on from their legacy systems and what skills they need to get the cloud moving, but a very important question posted by Dan Kusnetzky, founder of Kusnetzky Group and former IDC analyst, is "What are we trying to accomplish?"

While Kusnetzky told McKendrick that there isn't anything all too new about the cloud, rather an outgrowth of some of the long-time trends and more outsourcing to the IT department, and businesses need to figure out if they truly need it and how they cloud can be accommodated by them.

"It's good to start with asking the business, 'What are you trying to accomplish?' before we try and select which tool will help that process along," he told McKendrick. "Do they really to move what they're doing somewhere else? Or is what they're doing good enough? Information technology often centers on what is 'good enough.' By trying to reach for excellence, what you're doing may no longer be needed. Good enough is often good enough."

After this, Kusnetzky said companies need to have a plan for where they are going in the cloud, saying that if they don't, they will likely be ending up elsewhere. There also needs to be other thoughts, such as security, how reliable things are, management of the cloud and mobile devices.

Avoiding hidden costs
Another important question that companies should be asking is, "How much will this cost?" In a recent white paper by the ISACA, there were some hidden costs of cloud computing solutions discussed, including:
- Bringing services back in house if there is a needed change
- Loss of internal IT knowledge
- Vendor lock in
- Implementing services to avoid risk

"According to the hype, cloud computing makes it easy to offer IT users the same self-service that people love when they turn on their lights or air-conditioning - it's limitless, on-demand and pay as you go," said Marc Vael, international vice president of ISACA. "But in reality, cloud computing is like every other IT innovation. Security, cost and complexity don't disappear -  they just need to be managed and accounted for."