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Everyone is jumping aboard the enterprise cloud train these days, and in general that’s a good thing. It’s cheap and easy to outsource your company’s email and calendar systems to Google, or to rely on Microsoft Office to manage your intranet.

But execs, take heed– certain activities and systems are still best handled outside of the Cloud. Here are three that come to mind:

1. Anything that involves really sensitive data. Many cloud-based enterprise products are still in their infancy, which means their security may not be airtight. That database of employee social security numbers, mothers’ maiden names, and bank account numbers may be better kept on the ground and away from hackers.

2. Highly customized systems. If you’ve spent years building the perfect intranet with a plethora of super-customized applications, switching to the Cloud may be more trouble than it’s worth. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

3. Information you don’t want to share in court. Like cloud technology, the legal issues around info in the cloud are just beginning to emerge. Assume that anything you put in the Cloud can and will be used against you.

What else belongs on this list? Tell us in the comments below.

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