Useful Tips for CIOs Migrating To the Cloud
October 08, 2012
Moving to the cloud may not be as simple as adopting a new technology, seeing how cloud infrastructure demands more than just operation – it requires new thinking. In fact, experts say that it requires a fresh attitude to procurement, accounting, project management and new ways of working in general.
A recent post on Bluewolf blog by Sue Goble gives CIOs making the strategic move to the cloud some useful tips. Based on a decade of experience and knowledge, the blogger has filtered down the best practices and case studies into five helpful tips for CIO planning to move to the cloud.
The blogger insists that the cloud is the biggest shift in computing architecture since the client/server, and therefore, CIOs moving in this direction will confront many surprises along the way. To prepare CIOs with respect to such a move, Goble has come up with five key tips for CIOs, which include communicating, governance, planning, reporting and socializing.
Per this blog, any change in IT can lead to confusion. So, according to Goble, the company’s CFO must first be informed that such a move will reduce capital expenditure, but will also require a stream of operating expenditures. Consequently, wrote Goble, the IT team must get involved in the process of assessing workloads and processes as well as the suppliers. While legal counsel may have to get involved with service-level agreements (SLAs), data privacy and protection, procurement must be educated on different levels of IT spending, wrote Goble.
With regards to governance, the blog suggests that CIOs must ensure that they are not breaking any rules under which they operate by the laws of the land or industry codes. “CIOs need to ensure that they have access to usable data in a timely fashion in the event of a change of service provider being required or in the event of a disaster or outage occurring,” notes Goble.
To operate successfully in the cloud, the blogger insists that CIOs plan ahead. “It will help develop your knowledge of operating in the cloud,” asserts Goble. Once the organization has deployed the cloud, the officer must share results and demonstrate progress.
Lastly, CIOs must liberate the staff to work from more locations, share insights and participate in a more social enterprising, reaching out directly to clients, customers, partners and pr
aspects. “Organizations that miss out on this, miss the real advantage of the cloud: unfettered access to sharing and open communications,” concludes Goble.