Josh Davis
Josh Davis
Dec. 9, 2016

Cloud Trends: The More You Know

Recently one of our experts had the opportunity to download a competitor's whitepaper, “The 2016 State of Resilience” published by Vision Solutions. First off, surveys like this–large collection of perspectives from all over the world–are normally very enjoyable reads. This one, in particular, featured 2,216 mid and high level IT professionals, surveyed in late 2015 covering the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and beyond. 

In the chapter titled “Central Issues for IT Leaders”, the author summarizes the survey results in 5 points.  Let’s discuss 3 of them.

1.“Cloud Technology and Storage Take the Lead, IT Leaders Race to Keep Up”

On the surface, this topic doesn't seem very insightful.  Cloud adoption has been fueled by what one could call “utility use”.  That “keeping up,” for most, isn’t shoving large scale or even production work loads into the Cloud – it’s using specialty Clouds for Disaster Recovery, High Availability, email, and desktop.  So check the “I’m in the Cloud” box with a definitive YES.  We all know Cloud Adoption has a long way to go.

2. “Migration is Disruptive, but Cost is Rarely Measured”

This seems to be a no-brainer, but beware! Consultants have been known to understate the costs and risks associated with migration to win the contract.  While NO ONE really knows ALL the costs and risks until mid-way through the project, finding ways to share the risks with your vendor is one strategy that might work.  Here’s why.

  • IT pro’s are rarely skilled in process redesign.  Understand business processes that are touched by the technology you’re changing, before you change them. And even if you’re confident that you have staff to tackle this task, bring in someone from outside in that understands processes.  It will save you time and money.
  • If you believe #1 to be true, unplanned migration costs will drive you crazy .  Answering questions like these will get you started, but there’s about a thousand more to go…  How many years of historical data need to be accessed by your new Cloud-based application? How well will the data be mapped into the Cloud? How will your Cloud application integrate with existing/legacy applications? Will the new app integrate as well as the old one? Does the migration occur over weeks or even months?

There’s a LOT more than meets the  eye here. Migrations ARE disruptive. But an experienced vendor, working with your team, can accurately anticipate the costs found in “typical” migrations…  whatever “typical” means!

3. “IT Staffing Remains Level Despite Increased Workloads, yet few Consider Outsourcing”

You’ve heard this one before? Then you’ve likely heard these before too… “Let’s get more people” or "Time to get a few contractors.” Modern outsourcing is Managed Services.  Consider managed services to offload maintenance from the O/S layer and below, and let your staff work on the corporate wish list.

The cost to your organization of increased workloads are many times, intangible.  Consider the cost to your business when your best minds can’t be applied to solving business problems.  Ask your non-IT peers… is there something they think they could sell, or sell faster, or do better, if IT budgets and people were available?

It's time to do that.

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