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If you have one cloud computing 2019 resolution, this should be it

Deloitte on Cloud Blog

If you make one promise to yourself for 2019, you need to make the commitment to get started on your cloud journey.

January 8, 2019

A blog post by David Linthicum, managing director, chief cloud strategy officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP

This is the time of the year that everyone in IT checks their list to make sure their budgets are in order. They have staffing plans for at least the first quarter, and assurances that they are making good progress with the current list of projects. However, there’s an item that seems to fall off many budget checklists in enterprise IT; the modernization of technology, including cloud enablement.

If you make one promise to yourself for 2019, you need to make the commitment to get started on your cloud journey. I’m not talking about POCs with a few systems, or doing a virtualization install to cloud. I’m talking about at least 100 systems and associated data migrated to the cloud with a fundamental security, governance, CloudOps, and DevOps strategy, and a technology stack as well.

How you start depends upon your own requirements. Some enterprises can go faster than others, while others may not need as aggressive of a pace to the cloud. However, there should be some cloud enablement going on, and most in IT should understand what that means right now, and what technology to use.

The reason most enterprises have yet to start substantial IT modernization projects range from budget issues, to talent issues, to just not having the resources and cycles. However, it’s usually a matter of choice in almost all these enterprises, and the need to avoid risk. Let’s face it, moving to cloud computing is scary, but nothing worthwhile comes without some fear.

For the majority of enterprises without at least some workloads moved to the cloud, inaction is a matter of fear of the unknown more than issues with money, resources, or internal politics. You really need to place a line in the sand as to what needs to happen and when, and define the expected results.

Get outside help. Learn from the successes and failures of others and get some guidance to begin. You’ll find that the better cloud experts are willing to teach you and your team how to move correctly to the cloud, as well as deal with internal issues such as budget, leadership, and even how to deal with problems if or when things go wrong. With the right help, the investment in outside talent will more than pay for itself.

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