The Challenges Of Enterprise Cloud Adoption
It is easy to get excited about the almost limitless potential of adopting Public Cloud. However, Cloud transformation is rarely a straightforward journey and you may need to overcome a few of these challenges on the way!
Every Cloud transformation has a vision of cloud nirvana where technology turns your IT estate into a driver of unprecedented innovation and value. Indeed, the potential of Cloud as a catalyst, not just to transform but elevate your business, is worth getting excited about. However, transformation is never a straightforward journey, it is an incremental and iterative process that involves managing significant change, not just to your technology, but your people and processes as well.
Change in large, complex enterprises is always going to be difficult to navigate. No matter how airtight your strategy is, your adoption journey is going to come across some hurdles along the way.
Here are some of the common challenges faced by enterprises as they mature in the Cloud:
Many enterprises struggle with skills gaps when moving to the Cloud. Cloud engineers need to be multi-skilled and are required to perform new functions such as Cloud migration, machine learning and AI, Cloud operations and Cloud security. Some of the missing skills can be obtained by upskilling your existing talent pool, while others may need to be recruited.
Cloud computing allows anyone to quickly and easily deploy computing resources. On one hand, this democratisation of Cloud could be seen as a positive enabler of more agile working practices. Others, however, will be concerned at the emergence of ‘shadow IT’ and the potential issues of security, reliability and effectiveness associated with technology not centrally authorized by the organizations IT team.
Cloud wastage can be a costly problem for many businesses, especially in their early Cloud initiatives. Wastage can be caused by idle or over-provisioned resources as well as through a failure to successfully adapt your governance around the different finance and procurement models that exist in the Cloud.
Organizations need to manage the cultural shift from legacy thinking towards a more agile approach of working with the Cloud. This has significant impact on people and also processes and is most successful when initiated from inside-out. Culture cannot be forced on people, but needs to be fostered through encouragement.
Cloud transformation won’t just impact your IT team, its effects will ripple out to other teams in other departments like Human Resources, Finance, Procurement Legal etc. If the business isn’t aligned with the technological changes being made by IT, then Cloud will become a disruptive element rather than an enabler of more agile working practices and differentiation.
Implementation of Security
The introduction of software-driven security can cause disruption as it involves revisiting regulations and your security requirements and reimplementing policies that may have been in place for years. This can be especially painful in highly regulated industries like financial services and the public sector.