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Is ‘the Cloud’ just a way of describing software and technology services that you rent, instead of own?
To some degree, it is just that - you decide which ‘Cloud Services’ you want to use, enter your credit card (being careful to set your regular spend notifications so you don’t get a nasty shock at the end of the month!) and rent away. It’s flexible, scalable, easy to consume and always on.
However, organisations are becoming less interested in the technology aspects of Cloud and more focused on the agility it can deliver and the potential to underpin business transformation. When thinking in this way, the Cloud must be considered a more strategic enabler than simply the modern-day equivalent of Radio Rentals - which, at its base level it is.
As organisations evolve from experimenting to a strategic journey to Cloud, the conversation quickly comes around to how to realise value. Exploiting the promised advantages needs CxO’s and senior leaders to think about all aspects which are required for transformational change, after all… The Cloud is just rented technology and software and realising the value is more complex than simply moving workloads from on-premise to your chosen Cloud.
Enabling transformation needs organisations to create the right conditions for change across the organisation and IT operating models. The following are examples of areas which are key to apply early focus:
Ways of Working
With the use of Agile/Lean principles, increased automation, application of DevOps and change in skills, the way people and teams interact is changing:
With technology emerging at a faster pace, the half-life of technical skills will continue to reduce and the need to retrain will accelerate:
Cloud challenges established business ‘norms’ and can impact organisation culture:
Metrics and performance management
New business and service owners will want to understand performance in a way that is meaningful to them:
Risk and regulation
The adoption of Cloud services will impact an organisation’s risk profile may introduce a new regulatory landscape with concerns around security and data protection:
The opportunities for Cloud are everywhere. We use it in our daily lives without question and most organisations are consuming Cloud services to some degree. It’s ok to consume a service, however as someone who grew up in the 80’s remembers, in the long run the TV you rented will have actually cost you may times its actual cost and you’ll be wondering if you realised the value!
What sets businesses apart is not their ambition, but in how they are planning to change and adapt to exploit Cloud: