It’s no secret that we are deep into the digital age, especially when it comes to how businesses manage their IT operations. Managing internal networks, storage and workloads digitally should, in theory, help businesses save money when it comes to operational costs because it removes a lot of the physical challenges associated with the IT side of business. If information can live in the cloud, for instance, and not on massive on premise servers that require manpower to run efficiently, not only can a company save on employee compensation, but also hefty electrical and HVAC costs that come with keeping these devices operational.
While cloud adoption and the uptick in network digitization promise businesses a lot of return on investment, you shouldn’t go blindly into the cloud arena without a strategy. A lot of the legacy systems that many businesses rely on for daily tasks and internal communications may not be completely ready to switch over to the cloud. In fact, some of these older programs that live on internal servers and access private data stores may need to be abandoned during a cloud migration, which will in turn result in higher costs for implementing new cloud functions and training your workforce for new business protocols.
Before diving into cloud adoption, go into mapping your game plan keeping the following mantras in mind:
- Cloud is just one ingredient of the larger digital transformation. By campaigning for cloud adoption, no matter what level of the corporate hierarchy you’re working in, you need to tie in the fact that it is part of overall enterprise digitization – a big buzzword in today’s business landscape that sounds like dollar signs to C-Suite ears.
- The cloud won’t replace your IT team, and may actually create more opportunities. Rather than looking at cloud as a way to trim your business budget, look at it as a means to make your business more agile. This means reaching more customers with greater ease and less spending, ultimately increasing revenue and potentially new hires. This will hopefully bring your company to a place where there will be a need for more IT leaders with experience in cloud – a lucrative field – that can join the team.
- Cloud and digital can change the course of careers. The cloud is still a relatively new concept in the business world, and the IT pros just entering the workforce have a better understanding of how to make it work than anyone else. While you’ll still need corporate IT personnel to manage email, CRM and ERP systems, there will be a whole new part of the IT infrastructure that will call for a skilled cloud expert.