Organisations rightly focus mostly on technology processes and business factors when preparing for cloud computing. Even if you have these areas fully-scoped, yourenterprise cloud computing endeavour can fall apart if you’ve haven’t established a realistic time table for migration or addressed the cultural changes necessary for a successful implementation. In Datacom’s experience, organisations that take a phased approach to moving to cloud computing and fully prepare the IT department and the rest of the business get the most out of their technology investment.
1. Prepare for migrations on a realistic timetable
Organisations often believe they can have cloud computing solutions up and running in no time. But there are several steps that need to happen before you can take advantage of your cloud solution. Your cloud computing provider will need to provision your infrastructure in the cloud, install the core operating system and validate network, storage, security and capacity requirements. Then your provider will test the solution before allowing our organisation to test it and give final approval so you can begin installing your applications in the cloud computing platform.
While it is possible to do a rapid cloud computing implementation, Datacom doesn’t recommend this approach, as it means more of your business will be offline at once, which increases business risk. We recommend a phased approach to migrating to a cloud computing platform, guided by an estimated time frame that keeps only portions of your systems offline at the same time. A good cloud computing provider will work with your organisation to determine which workloads can be taken offline, for how long and which additional workloads might be affected.
2. Prepare for cultural resistance and change
Obviously, adopting a cloud computing platform will require training the trainers as well as applicable employees. And any new hardware will require training technical specialists in repair and maintenance. With cloud computing, you’ll also want to impart a valuable lesson to IT employees: “You’ll need to change your approach.”
When your IT team begins working with cloud computing, it might not have quite the amount of control it’s accustomed to having. IT staff will still need to be technical experts, but the amount of technical work they actually undertake will decrease as cloud fills the gaps in certain processes. Your direct reports might find their jobs shift to developing appropriate policies (like BYOD) that guide employees at large about the rules of engagement for cloud computing.
With cloud computing’s rapid scale and provisioning ability, your IT staff will begin taking up more special projects thatfocus on innovation to drive business value. This is obviously not a bad thing, but after years of making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes, this cloud computing perk will certainly take some getting used to amongst your IT staff.