Does your Business have a Cloud Culture?
As the board rooms of global businesses ring with "efficiencies", "streamlining," "bottom line cost savings" and similar phrases, spare a thought for the culture and collective confidence of those within the organisation. In the current economic climate, almost all sectors are characterised by negativity around cuts.
Cloud computing currently resides in the ‘trough of disillusionment’ in Gartner’s latest (2013) Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies (below):
(Source: Gartner, July 2013)
For something that empowers businesses to increase their efficiency, make significant cost savings, and improve communication, whence cometh disillusionment?
The success of cloud implementations often depends not only on what kind of platform is used but also on how the transition is made. Expecting an internal team currently in charge of physical computer systems to maximise the value of cloud computing is, in most cases, unrealistic. Moving physical servers to cloud storage doesn’t just affect where your data is held; it impacts the way that data is accessed and used, and how it drives the business.
Cloud computing is the science of linking all the elements of a business together in one central, accessible location. Like any science, results depend on methodology.
To get the most out of cloud computing, you need to create a new culture. This includes establishing an understanding of the links between marketing and sales, and between security and efficiency of communication. The key benefit of cloud computing is in the opportunity it provides to look at what a business already does well, and improve it considerably through more efficient systems and joined up thinking.