- November 4, 2018
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A cloud strategy isn’t just about committing to cloud resources, it can mean rethinking lots of IT management basics.
Cloud Computing IT- Companies continue to move aggressively to the cloud with a goal of ultimately being “all cloud” or “more cloud.” How will this change the composition and core competencies of IT departments, and IT’s strategic priorities — and what should CIOs be doing now to prepare for it?
The active migration to cloud has already been confirmed in many surveys. One of the latest examples was a survey conducted in early 2018 by Rightscale, a provider of cloud solutions. The Rightscale survey revealed that:
- 96% of respondents used cloud;
- Many organizations used at least five different clouds;
- Enterprise public cloud spend was growing rapidly; and
- Private cloud adoption was also growing.
As companies move more data and applications to the cloud, most also continue to maintain their internal data centers. These companies are opting for a hybrid computing environment that combines both in-house and cloud-based computing under the umbrella of a single IT architecture.
None of this is particularly “new” news for CIOs and IT planners, but what are new are the challenges that cloud computing presents and how they are beginning to impact IT organizations.
Here is a “short list” of pressing issues:
IT needs vendor and contract management skills. I recently worked with a financial services company in a vendor contract evaluation. The company wanted to identify the warranties and SLAs of each of its cloud vendors, and then to see how well these commitments mapped to their own disaster recovery and risk management expectations.
Before we could begin the project, the company needed two weeks to locate all of the contracts that it had with vendors. Some of the contracts had been misplaced, so it required the company to recontact vendors to obtain new contract copies.
Fortunately in many large enterprises, losing contracts is less of an issue. They have dedicated legal departments and contract management functions. But for many mid-sized and smaller companies, keeping up with contracts and making the time to review them can be a formidable task.
Solution: Even if your IT staff is small, you need to get on top of your cloud vendor contracts. First, make sure that you have them all and that they are current. Next, develop a timeline so you know when contracts come due and you can make informed decisions on whether or not to renew them. Third, carefully note the SLAs and disaster recovery promises that each cloud vendor makes. It is possible that you will have to develop a contract review format and skillset in one of your IT staff members so annual contract reviews can be carried out, or you might have an internal audit group that can assist.
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