Every year, the cloud runs more applications for business. We talk a lot about the systems of cloud, but who are the important people behind this transition at your company?
- Cloud continues to gain steam
- Role #1 – CIOs, IT managers & IT staff
- Role #2 – Sales & marketing leaders
- Role #3 – Security professionals
- Role #4 – Data scientists & specialists
- Role #5 – Enterprise strategists
- Role #6 – Procurement chiefs
- Role #7 – HR directors
- Role #8 – CEOs & other chief officers
- Role #9 – Entire workforce
- Cloud that meets your standards
The cloud continues to gain steam.
Many enterprises are still hesitating to move their core applications and databases to the cloud. However, we could be about to see that hesitation turn into action. Just look at the statistics from a poll of 1060 IT executives by RightScale:
Not just one cloud – The typical business is using an average of six clouds, three private and three public. (On the public side, 1.5 are live while the other 1.5 are test environments. On the private side, 1.7 run apps while 1.3 are used for testing.)
Cloud now doing more – Companies are committing more and more to the cloud each year. In 2016, nearly one in five enterprises (17 percent) have more than 1000 virtual machines in the public cloud, up from 13% in 2015.
In fact, another survey of similar scope found that an absurd percentage of companies’ spending on information technology will be allotted to cloud within 18 months: 80%.
Steven Norton of the Wall Street Journal notes that companies are ramping up their cloud spending this year even though their overall IT budgets are shrinking. “The increase reflects a new willingness among big companies, even those in particularly security-minded industries such as finance, to move beyond the corporate data center and run their software applications, data storage and processing in the public cloud,” he says.
What about affordability of cloud, as allowed by the resource efficiency inherent in its design? The federal government recently reviewed the costs it had experienced from adopting cloud computing. A total of two dozen agencies were assessed. Between nineteen of them, total savings on operations between 2011 and 2015 were $2.8 billion. That’s actually massive news because the American government has more extensive IT needs that any other entity (based on expenditures).
One big question is who will be the major players in the leap from in-house systems to cloud? Of course IT chiefs will be important in this shift, but there are many other people who are central in the emergence of this relatively new technological model:
Role #1 – CIOs, IT managers & IT staff
Are you transitioning fully to the cloud? It’s still crucial to have people who are able to test and broker various options for the business.
Role #2 – Sales & marketing leaders
These departments may not initially seem critical to cloud. However, they are likely advocates because of speed and accessibility, comments Joe McKendrick of Forbes. “These people are… directly feeling the sting of the global economy, and want solutions that are quick and easy to learn,” he says. “Time to market is everything.”
Role #3 – Security professionals
You want to know what security mechanisms are in place for any type of cloud environment. Similarly, you want to know what laws demand compliance based on your industry and where you’re doing business (e.g. HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, EU rules).
Role #4 – Data scientists & specialists
We all know that data is powerful if you can understand it, but you first have to know that the information is uncorrupted. Plus, you want to know that you can integrate all your information (from the cloud, ERP, and other sources) without any problems. Beyond these more functional tasks, data pros can also help you build and deploy predictive analytics to better forecast your needs and the market.
Role #5 – Enterprise strategists
Consultants that help organize a business are critical to figuring out the overall needs for cloud, notes McKendrick. “They’re the ones able to work with the business, speak the language of business, as well as work with IT professionals,” he says.
Role #6 – Procurement chiefs
Since cloud is based strongly on vendor relationships, people on your staff who know about working with vendors have experience that will come in handy. Understanding of service-level agreements is another important knowledge area. These people should be familiar with all legal agreements and understand what constitutes breach. They are able to point to specific language that applies when anything goes wrong.
Role #7 – HR directors
If a company is to be able to build and maintain a strong cloud-based system, it’s crucial that human resources is able to recruit the strongest people to make it happen.
Role #8 – CEOs & other chief officers
Top leadership is pivotal to cloud projects meeting with success.
Role #9 – Entire workforce
Cloud tools are making it easier to perform tasks throughout companies, explains McKendrick. “Employees know what services they need to help them do their jobs and reach customers,” he says. “Cloud decisions — and acceptance — will succeed or fail on employees’ embrace of services.”
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