Recently I was discussing cloud computing with a group of technologists. We were specifically talking about cloud deployment and the implications it has on their business. What became clear during this discussion is that the topic that most needs to be addressed when contemplating cloud has little to do with the topic analysts or technologists are wringing their hands about. The most important topic is not about the hardware.
The cloud discussion really needs to start with identifying the issues the business faces and the type of ecosystem that will be required to support those issues. Let’s face it, the whole concept of cloud is about creating an environment that can efficiently delivery capabilities to the business. Some work will be performed in the business much like they were before cloud computing, but other functions will be done another way. The software created to take advantage of the environment may be very different indeed.
This ecosystem will not have the “command and control” feel we're familiar with. It doesn't have the same checks and balances that we expect. It may respond in ways that are quicker than our culture is ready to accept.
All of this means that there are significant organizational change management issues involved. These issues will change the way the organization views computing, allowing for new solutions to problems that couldn’t be addressed before. It also means that the relationship between the various components of the business will be shifting as well.
We can foresee many of these issues so you will treat them the way you would any other innovative activities by:
Shifting to cloud technologies successfully also requires:
When you define your initial cloud projects, you should:
What cloud issues are you facing? What discussions are you having around cloud computing?
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