Probably not a good idea....
To try and by pass IT. It seem anyone marketer want to take to the upper management, just to tell them we do cloud too and buy are conveniently obfuscated reality. I even let them take so far as to allow one of our application to be placed in the "the cloud". I than attached managements emails to the alias they wanted for "cloud" issues. Didn't take them long to come to the conclusion it was a poorly thought out decision.
1) If you're competent in IT, cloud is nothing special, it has purpose, but in no way does it seem to abstract your sysadmins from the equation. I have some real uses for OpenStack if we implement it, but none of which involve a third party.
2) SAAS is a good idea, but one, do I need to host it on a third party, and two do my developers know how to develop for SAAS. Chances are no. At least most of the ones I have met. They seem to still be looking at tit as a just another web application, when its more elaborate than that.
3) Cost. I love seeing all this "cost saving" mentality, when it seems everyone is selling the redundancy. I have yet to see a cloud stack offer the whole gambit of their talking points at a price level the CFO thinks he'll get. Not everyone is a Fortune 500, and we all don't really need the 5 nines.