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What do you call a group of Clouds? (Revisited)

In a very short time the number of computing related clouds have exploded, Public, Private, Hybrid etc. Everything seems to be rebranded/ cobranded/ reinvented/ paint jobbed as a ‘Cloud’. Many questions are being raised, e.g. will a SaaS cloud float at a higher level than a PaaS cloud and will they all float on top of a IaaS cloud? Do they float or do they integrate?

Navigating your business in all of these clouds can become difficult if you do not have a good radar system in place. One that would detect the BS (Business Sense – of course) a mile away.

Terminology is always a good way to start making sense of things. Unfortunately it was exactly at the very 1st term where I got stuck! 

         What do you call a group of clouds?

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I sat down with Fred McCloud and we started Googling the collective noun for clouds:

  • a cumulonimbus of clouds < Cumulonimbus clouds belong to the Clouds with Vertical Growth group. They are generally known as thunderstorm clouds. Cumulonimbus clouds are associated with heavy rain, snow, hail, lightning, and tornadoes.
  • a sky of clouds < beautiful to look at. But will they bring rain?
  • a vagueness of clouds < are they or are they not clouds? Maybe just fog?
  • an accumulation of clouds < they all just kind of drifted together. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
  • a soufflé of clouds < looks yummy. Hard to get right
  • a pageant of clouds < looks fabulous, but can they do the job?
  • a cling of clouds < like a bad relationship that does not want to let go? But what if you are ready to move on?

Our favorite : a storm of clouds < you just KNOW that things are going to happen FAST!

But not so fast that you don’t have time to close the windows and shutters. And if you are a farmer, you will have your lands plowed and seeds planted. Ready for the rain.

But back to business. With this storm of clouds on the horizon and you preparing your business to the best of your abilities, where would you get the best information to ensure that you are making the best decisions?

At SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando of course! There is a large number of Cloud related sessions in the SAPPHIRE NOW Agenda Builder.

  • All Sessions related to cloud                                                       : 278
  • SAPPHIRE NOW only                                                                : 228
  • SAPPHIRE NOW & Cloud Campus                                             : 99
    • Customer                                                                           : 28
    • Cloud Strategy                                                                    : 1
    • Money (SAP Financials OnDemand)                                     : 14
    • Social Collaboration (SAP Jam)                                            : 9
    • Cloud Integration                                                                 : 5
    • Cloud Suites (SAP Business ByDesign, SAP Business One)  : 16
    • Cloud People (SuccessFactors)                                            : 26

Some session highlights:

Session ID

Session Title

Session Type


Find Ways to Exceed Your Business Objectives with the Right Cloud Strategy

Theater Presentation


Transform Workforce Data into Insight with Cloud Workforce Analytics

Theater Presentation


Enhance Employee Productivity for Better Business Results

Demo Theater


Empower the 21st Century CFO with a New Breed of Cloud-Based Solutions

Theater Presentation

On a different note – Fred and I also discovered the following list of collective nouns:

  • a distraction of iphones
  • a timeline of comments
  • a blurb of bloggers
  • a mistake of bumbags
  • a lounge of lizards
  • an eternity of bores

    –  what is YOUR favorite collective noun?


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  • Good one! I think - just like in global climate - clouds are just part of the larger concept of "weather". As for the IT concept of cloud, I think clouds (in whatever shape, form or variety) are here to stay forever. In 10 years, we might not even remember we used to call all this stuff "cloud", ... but we will have gotten totally used to the benefits of cloud in terms of everything being mobile, social, easy and fast, and we will expect our "personal cloud" to be helping us get our tasks done without even thinking about it.