The meaning is simply making a choice between Automation vs Transformation. Automation does the same thing better. Transformation changes the way that things are done.
The connections to the Sam Foss poem and Regis McKenna are in my opinion the closest answers. Clayton Christiansen also touched on this in his "The Innovator's Dilemma". Each new general purpose technology (GPT) creates a revolution in capabilities. As new technologies are introduced, there is usually a productivity lag (Solow Paradox) as the technology is used to merely automate the existing processes and methodologies.
For example, introducing electric motors initially reduced productivity as they were being used to merely replace steam driven motors yet they were not as reliable. In this sense, electricity was being used only to do the same thing as before, but cheaper.
The alternative is to use the new technology to transform the way things are done. What does the electric motor really change? Steam engines were large & expensive and were used to drive many belts at once, so factories were placed near sources of water and coal and the labor and raw materials had to be transported to those factories. The steam engine also required that the factory be designed to be vertical with many floors that made the workers less efficient.
By using electric motors to 1) move the factory closer to the raw materials, labor market and distribution points and 2) redesign the factory to be horizontal instead of vertical, a radical improvement in effective productivity is achieved.
So, don't use the general purpose technology of the Cloud to automate the old ways of doing things. Use it to transform the way things are done.