How to get your company to handle the cloud truth

Posted on 06-11-2018 , by: admin , in , 0 Comments

As a technologist, I can get the cloud technology to work. Always. But the ability to change the culture to adapt to cloud technology is what’s hard, and, in some cases, impossible.

It’s important to understand your own culture and what changes need to be made around the adoption of cloud computing. A team of authors from IBM agree with me on this point. In their latest release, The Cloud Adoption Playbook, they say what many of us already knew:

Many companies adopt cloud computing to support innovation and rapid change. However, those companies may not understand the fundamental cultural changes needed to make this adoption work long-term.

I often think of Jack Nicholson from A Few Good Men, when he stated, “You can’t handle the truth!” Replace “truth” with “cloud,” and you have pretty much have the message these days to companies that are thinking well above their cultural capabilities.

The problem comes in when technologists like me are well versed in implementing a new technology, including cloud computing, but the culture fights us each step of the way. To make matters worse, technologists don’t understand how to change culture. Technologists need to learn this skill right now.

There are two basic approaches that seem to work best. In both cases, the bitter truth is that you can’t make the shift to cloud computing without changing the people responsible for making cloud computing a success. They need to learn how to “handle the cloud.” The real question is how do you get them there.

1. Build it and they will come

Although it’s the riskiest approach, it lets you prove success. Then people tend to line up behind it. An example is that your first 500 applications migrated into the cloud are cheaper to operate, more secure, and are much easier for employees and customers to access and use.