Mind over tech for Cloud
So many IT experts out there are selling Cloud as a move to the future, with on-premise infrastructure becoming less and less popular. While this is true to a degree – Cloud is definitely here to stay – the challenges that it brings are not just process or technology driven, it is just as much to do with the cultural changes it can deliver.
This cultural change should start at the top with IT leadership stepping up, being responsible and ensuring migration is successful.
Utilising public cloud services should enable IT teams to focus on functionality that is needed as well as its value. Allowing the CIO or CTO to play an even more important role within the organisation – driving Digital Transformation.
In a study performed by McKinsey, 95% of organisations have 2 out of 3 top goals relying on the CIO / CTO creating an agile and responsive IT environment. 60% of these organisations see that the success of the CIO / CTO will drive results in all 3 goals. In order to meet these demands – leaders need to modernise IT including Cloud Migration, adopting new application architectures and building on Cloud based services.
Cloud compute is just one of the transformational progressions that is rapidly evolving, and extracting the maximum value requires a mindset change… starting at the top.
IT leaders will need to necessitate changes in attitude with regard to access, control and risk. Policies will need to change as ‘admin’ accounts become less god-like and more granular, with the emphasis on provisioning the minimum privileges for a specific task. Operations teams will shift from on-premise server management to service provisioning and going from a capacity-based model to consumption.
Finally, from a financial perspective, IT budgets typically have a significant Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) component relating to hardware. Moving to Cloud means that the way budgets are handled needs to change. This is because Cloud Expenditure is Operational (OPEX), which can have a profound effect on the P & L of a business.
These changes won’t just drive efficiency but also enable new business strategies. Old applications get replaced by or decomposed into Cloud Micro-services or API’s, company data and functionality become modular, reusable and shareable – enabling developers to innovate faster and businesses can rapidly roll out new offerings to satisfy changing customer demands.
Cloud success is dependent on a holistic approach – enabled by standardisation and automation through open API models, utilising process automation, machine learning and deploying Artificial Intelligence in a secured environment. In short – Cloud success comes from using IT to enable business as opposed to being an infrastructure manager.