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O'Loghlin introduced a lawn mower analogy early on in the piece, which the other panellists picked up and ran with. Why buy a lawn mower when you use it so infrequently, he asked? Why can't someone just cut your grass for you?
Carraro reused O'Loghlin's analogy, saying he should engage the services of a landscaper. It's changing from the idea that "I need to do it", according to Carraro, and moving to "it needs to be done", so let's get a professional to do it.
"Clearly, you're implying I'm not a very competent lawnmower," O'Loghlin joked.
Later O'Loghlin asked IBM's Wightwick to explain the difference between infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service. There was a pause. Then Wightwick said "I'm trying to figure out how to relate this to a lawnmower", before admitting defeat.
Further again, when talking about potential job losses in the IT department from cloud, O'Loghlin was told by panellists that the IT staff will be able to carry out other roles. He said then that those employees weren't mowing as many lawns, but were perhaps designing the shape of the lawn.