Cloud Transformation: Are you Ready? What about your Team?

February 23, 2017 Off By Hoofer

Grazed from VMware.  Author: David Rosenberg

Are you ready for cloud transformation?

As the CIO, you know cloud is good for you. Capacity on demand! Independence from hardware… IT as a service, even as self-service… In other words, you know why you are doing it. You fought for, and got the budget allocated, you acquired the best technology, and your trusted consultant has proven to you in a nicely-done POC that the technology works. But you know, it’s not just the technology. Will your cloud fly high and deliver the expected benefits, or fall rock-hard on the shoulders of your IT team? Will your consumers use it, or see it as an additional burden? Will everyone be happy, including those whose job description changes, or worse? So, let’s talk about cloud transformation.

Cloud is based on advanced software technology, specifically server virtualization and cloud management, but that’s not all. Clearly, we are speaking about the people/process/technology transformation here. And there is no one better than Kevin Lees, the chief technologist of IT operations transformation at VMware, to help you understand how to make cloud work for your IT organization. Kevin has recently published a new white paper: Organizing for the Cloud, where he looks at the organizational impacts of cloud transformation from multiple perspectives and provides insights and advice about how to prepare for—and execute—a winning transformation strategy. Download here, or keep reading for a condensed overview.

Kevin starts off by identifying the key differences between the traditional and the cloud-based IT. How do the roles change? Are the responsibilities the same? And who bears the costs?

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