The Future Decision Makers In The Cloud

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Don Cleveland.

Could the reign of the IT department over cloud computing business decisions be coming to an end? Writing for ZD Net, Sam Shead reported on a survey that demonstrated a dramatic changing of the guard when it comes to decisions about implementing cloud technologies. Rather than leaders in the IT department, executives are taking charge of critical decisions involving the cloud signaling both the importance of cloud technology and up coming changes in the way this medium will be managed.

The report, issued by Capgemini, covers responses from 460 companies worldwide and provides evidence that a shift is taking place from the IT department to executives without IT experience. Citing the UK as one example, the report states that more times than not, business executives are the key decision makers when it comes to the cloud...

Part of the reason for this change may be the buzz about some IT people viewing the cloud as having a cannibalizing affect on their jobs. More likely it’s the growing importance of how the cloud will fit into the corporate strategy over the next several years.

Conceptualizing the Shift

By understanding the group dynamics behind these moves you can put yourself into a better position to manage these changes by understanding Tuckman’s developmental stages of within groups...

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