I have sat across many CIOs, from small organizations to massive enterprises and this is the common challenge I have observed that is making CIO’s overthink the cloud move.
While and if CIOs want to spearhead the transformation is a different question, but when he/she choose to, the biggest challenge comes from with-in. It is no other than from the people who want to stick to what they have, shows lack of realization that change is a necessity and have become comfortable with what they know. Yes, that’s the IT teams with-in the organizations.
Definition of cloud has evolved. Many CIOs I have talked to think that they are already on cloud because they have some application that is accessed over the internet or they share that someone in their organization is moving an application to Cloud. Well that’s not a cloud transformation, not by today’s standards. It also shows a casual and unclear approach towards probably the biggest technology transformation happening around the globe.
Moving to cloud require assessment at Infrastructure, Platform, Security, Applications, Access, Integrations and many other levels. Without that, moving to the cloud is nothing more than rehosting which was a cloud concept from years back. Things have changed since then!
Mostly CIOs are falling victims to their own team which either have very limited knowledge on what today’s cloud really means or they simply are reluctant to embrace the change without realizing that the change has started and probably it’s an opportunity they have now to upgrade their skillset and be part of the change.
Most of the team leaders who are eyes and ears of CIO have been managing system operations for some time, they possess great understanding of systems that delivers what organization needs today. For future, they mostly have theoretical knowledge of technology trends which is not enough to help CIO draft strategy or tactical plan. The result is either a vision with dire tactical plan or nothing at all. There are many tangents to the cloud and no organization has in house skills which understand all those. What they need is to take help from those who understand it as a full.
What CIOs need is to lead a Cloud Transformation exercise that can deliver a Strategy that aligns with organization’s future objectives, Envision Innovation that enables Organization’s future growth and Roadmap for Technology Renovation.
Ahmed Tahir Masood is Vice President at KALSOFT USA. He has worked in organization like MICROSOFT and INTEL in his 17 year long career. Tahir understand technology, innovation & business from variety of tangents, he is well aware of trends and how marketing is shaping with outset and realization of new technologies. With strong expertise & experience in enterprise cloud architecture, he has helped several organizations to have right cloud strategy."
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