Business leaders are pushing organizations to embrace cloud solutions, but they need to have a well-developed vision for the same.
IT leaders acknowledge that the move to deploy cloud platforms in an organizational architecture will fail if a sound vision is not set out for the employees to follow. The majority of the organizations declare to be cloud-first enterprises. However, they are more so in intent and not the strategy. CIOs point out that an efficient strategy should explicitly set out steps on how to deploy cloud tech for reaching the business goals.
IT leaders emphasize that transforming an organization into a cloud-smart enterprise doesn’t happen overnight. Such a transformation requires continuous coordination and commitment from the entire team of C-suite executives.
Business leaders point out that C-suite executives need to first update their knowledge about the relevant advantages of cloud implementation in the organizations and be in touch with the latest technologies as they develop. IT leaders say that organizations need to be holistically in touch with all cloud solutions like SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS. Once properly analyzed, they need to decide which solution is best suited for the organization.
Tech leaders say that IaaS is a good solution to the exit data center and pay off technical debts, PaaS is good for gaining insights and efficiencies across the tech platforms, and SaaS is used for implementing out of the box market services. To do all these transformations successfully, CIOs need to develop a cloud roadmap and ensure that all business departments are following the implementation.
CIOs point out that a “cloud-first” enterprise does not mean the transfer of all data to the cloud service. This is avoidable as the cost would be prohibitive for the organization. Most organizations have developed a strategy for shifting only legacy apps. CIOs say that creating a strong foundation is necessary to reap the complete advantages of the cloud strategy.
Foundation for the latest technology
CIOs say that organizations should update and modernize the present IT architecture. They point out that the latest technologies like AI and blockchain are delivered almost exclusively via technologies like 5G and cloud. This increases the pace of cloud computing services and enhances efficiency as well.
Identifying the relevant talent
CIOs point out that when organizations implement new technologies they require an updated resource pool. Most enterprises struggle to identify and hire recruits with the right skills -especially in the fields of AI, cybersecurity, and data analytics. Enterprises can develop an in-house resource pool via structured training from vendors and job shadowing. CIOs are open to getting resources on rent/contract to mitigate the unprecedented situations.
Data security strategy
CIOs say that it is imperative to set out a strategy on where the data is stored and create a structured security plan and data governance policy. CISOs can take the lead in this area and collaborate with partners and business units to integrate all the requirements. This includes managing cloud vendors similar to managing the in-house teams.