We have all learned that to be successful in business these days, you have to conquer the cultural divide so your business can scale globally. But, what does it really mean for your cloud strategy? When traditional approach is still being used in IT architecture these days, just how do you take advantage of the clouds so you can integrate multiple technologies and service providers seamlessly? Is there really a secret to cloud computing success in your organization? A new era of change has just begun.
The Adoption of a Cloud Strategy
It will all start with an agile process involving CIO’s… down to your sales, marketing, HR and other departments involved in the so-called ‘change’. Here is where the CIO view the blueprint of this cloud strategy so the platform can integrate very well with various business functions in the organization, where cost is not only reduced, but making the transition less complex for everyone. Sounds too easy? Yes, it may be a drag or even a major pain – and business executives must lead the way in what you call a leadership in the clouds. It all boils down to shared vision and collaboration so that everyone can participate in this change that will affect the business in the long run.
It’s not really surprising that cloud computing is here to rule, no matter how people may have varying opinions about the subject. Gartner predicts that by 2015, most organizations will have migrated to the cloud. It’s an adapt-and-adopt game out there when it comes to a cloud strategy, where you adapt the technology and you adopt its use in your business functions. It’s important then to have a careful planning process before making that giant leap. Security is still a major concern for many who are having second thoughts though, and to illustrate, here’s an intriguing infographic about it.
The Age of IT Industrialization
There is a growing demand for private cloud services and though the pay-per-use model may not be cheaper, if you want your business to scale globally on the clouds, you must be realistic with what you’re actually getting for in return. You need to assess which applications you can move to the cloud and which ones should be managed in-house. With plenty of vendors to choose from, you have to scrutinize each one closely to make sure that they meet your requirements. Yes, there will always be some risk and having a contingency plan can help along the way.
This is just scratching the surface of migrating to the clouds.. and getting ready to make a change is not a one-off deal, but something that takes years to master and managed every day. In the end, the goal is to have free flow of information across regional to international borders. The question now is: “ Are you ready to rethink your cloud strategy.. or start one, if you don’t have any yet? “