Some of the main benefits of cloud computing are that it requires no hardware, is an on-demand service, and requires payment only for actual usage. Using cloud services like Amazon's EC2, developers can get required computing resources in seconds. Just this time alone would speed up developers' progress by at least weeks, if not months
Treasure hunting is a lot like finding the information you need to make an important business decision. When your island is a large mass of corporate documents, you're going to need help digging through various document types, formats and languages.
The sheer number of places where companies keep their critical information is truly astounding and I believe it is one of the biggest overarching problems in the realm of managing business information today. At the same Gartner Summit referenced above, research indicated that redundant and outdated information constitutes 50-90% of what we manage. So let me rephrase: We're swimming in a sea of old, redundant and often useless information.