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Cintas’ cloud journey highlights flexibility and teamwork as keys to success

Part of the For Cloud Professionals podcast series

Cloud migrations require both a paradigm shift and a cultural sea change. Companies that see flexibility as a key component of success, and that leverage a team approach to navigate the changes cloud brings, will be well equipped for their cloud journey.

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Teamwork and flexibility are critical to meeting cloud challenges

Moving to cloud requires a paradigm shift in development and operations practices, but it also requires a culture shift in how IT teams are organized and managed. In this episode, David Linthicum and guests, Cintas’s Julie Pettit and Deloitte's Barbara Johnson, discuss how Cintas and Deloitte have effectively leveraged teamwork to help Cintas make that paradigm and culture shift. They also underscore how flexibility is critical to overcoming some of the many difficult challenges on Cintas’s cloud journey. Finally, Julie reveals how having someone to guide them on the journey has helped Cintas deal with the many challenges and surprises that have cropped up along the way.

Disclaimer: As referenced in this podcast, “Amazon” refers to AWS (Amazon Web Services) and “Google” refers to GCP (Google Cloud Platform).

[We] spend a fair amount of time talking about who do we have on the team, what do we have coming on the team, do we need more on the team, right, so we can scale up.

Julie Pettit is the Director of HRIS and Payroll Operations at Cintas Corporation, the industry leader in providing highly specialized products and services to over one million customers that range from independent auto repair shops to large hotel chains.

Barbara Johnson is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Human Capital AMS practice and is based in Detroit, Michigan.

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Put Cloud in context with the future of business and technology

Because cloud is never just about cloud, a podcast about cloud isn’t either. Our two hosts deliver two unique perspectives to help bring you closer to achieving what matters most—your possible.

For Cloud Professionals, hosted by David Linthicum, provides an enterprise-level, strategic look at key issues impacting clients’ businesses. David, ranked as the #1 cloud influencer in a recent Apollo Research report, has published 13 books on computing, written over 5,000 published articles and performed over 500 conference presentations, making his specialization in the power of cloud simply undeniable.

As a pioneer in cloud computing, Mike Kavis leads Architecting the Cloud, which offers insights from the POV of those who’ve had hands-on experience with cloud technology. Mike’s personal cloud journey includes leading the team that built the world's first high-speed transaction network in Amazon's public cloud—a project that ultimately won the 2010 AWS Global Startup Challenge.

With two leaders in your ear, you’ll have the content you need to drive the next conversation around cloud. Check out both talk tracks within the Deloitte On Cloud podcast to get the compelling stories on your schedule to help you understand the topics that are reshaping today’s market.

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