It all seems so obvious. If you cannot demonstrate business value, it should be a no go until you can. Culture, governance and the right skill sets are vital. Moving to the cloud is a deliberate and iterative process, but certain things have to be in place. The CIO has to have his or her cloud duckies in a row.
Terence, was this company able to turn it around and how?
How do CIOs balance the pressure to contain costs against all the things we preach they must do: get to know the customer, provide apps and cloud services with lightening speed, securely enable the mobile workforce, forge C suite relationships and exploit Big Data to name a few.
It's a dizzying number of tasks often in conflict with each other. Yes, everyone wants to go mobile, but isn't that inherently a threat to security. Maybe the CIO should be the Chief Contradiction Officer.
While legal and technical aspects of the cloud journey are important, the first consideration is what will run on that cloud.
Recently, I was presenting to the IT strategy team of a large enterprise. I talked about the journey to cloud, what are the things you should review and what decisions should you take. Very quickly, the discussion boiled down to technology and legal aspects.
A good year ago I was in Quebec, and let me disclose something here … speaking French, I’m really welcome out there. We had a wonderful time. One of the customers we met was a local bank. Their IT team wanted to experiment with cloud and we convinced them that cloud enabling their development environment made a lot of sense.
Over the last couple months, the same discussion keeps popping up over and over again. It started last August at a cloud introduction workshop I ran for an insurance company. I talked about the need to manage the service portfolio and highlighted the importance of a proper governance between business and IT. One of the attendees complained that the business had no understanding of the cost associated with the development of new services.
Our world is increasingly becoming digital, I’ve already discussed this often on this blog. Mobility, social, big data and cloud are coming together to form a new style of IT and disrupt the status quo. The way technology is consumed, delivered and paid for is changing fundamentally. Some call this a “tectonic shift”.