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Cloud computing and the public sector: What IT managers need from suppliers

Computer Weekly - IT departments and suppliers have a long way to go before they understand each other on cloud computing.

That was the conclusion when IT practitioners and suppliers met at London law firm DLA Piper to discuss the barriers to cloud.

In the words of Mark O'Conor, partner at London law firm, suppliers and buyers are like a tentative couple out on a first date.

"It feels like we are at odds," he says. "Each side is looking to the other and both sides are waiting for each other to take a step forward."

Cloud computing - which offers IT departments the potential to buy in IT services as a commodity when they need them - has become one of the hottest, most hyped and perhaps most confusing topics in IT.