9 July 2016

Does Your IT Team Understand The Cloud?

Digital transformation to the cloud
This Softchoice report's findings about cloud strategy and the ability of IT experts to develop a viable cloud strategy leaves me flabbergasted! How is it, that in 2016, over half of IT leaders are unable to build teams that can develop an "effective" cloud strategy for their business?

IMHO, this circumstance is not only a failure of the many professional development programs that are popular within the broader IT sphere, but also a sign of a lack of effective (and there's that word again!) leadership. After all, the parameters for any adoption of the cloud need to be bold and clear before an effective strategy is designed, leave alone implemented.

Define Your Needs, Wants & Goals

CIO magazine recommends that IT leaders "start with a strategy." In our experience of working with large IT teams who are migrating mission-critical applications environments to the cloud or undertaking digital transformation projects, the first step is not a strategy, but a terms of reference. Set the long term needs, wants and business goals. Only then can a real and implementable cloud strategy be developed.

While your team undertakes this process, it must be kept in mind that the customer / vendor / partner / employee experience must be better with a transition to the cloud. Without a better experience, your company's brand and the user's buy-in to the transition could be significantly diminished.

Invest in Automation

To achieve the highest levels of quality, cost-effectiveness and uptake, your cloud strategy must heavily incorporate automation. Call it what you want: RPA, automation, process automation, automated QA; the business case for any transition to the cloud is completely impotent without a healthy dose of automation.
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