Small, big, or medium. Today, enterprises of every size and type either are already on the cloud or have the transformation in the pipeline. As lucrative benefits associated with the technology range from lowered IT costs, reduced downtime, Operating Expenses Model (OPEX), business continuity, and a lot more, businesses often look forward to making a move.
Cloud computing has been making a difference in the way information is being stored for over 2 decades. Despite that, it is easily adopted and implemented by a majority of IT. However, there still are certain cultures that do not have any chance of success in this genre of technological development.
Therefore, (a) it is highly essential to identify those toxic areas, and (b) fix them.
It does not matter if you have plans of onboarding your business to cloud or if you are a company that has been working hard on the path for a while. In either case, I am sure you have realized that moving to the cloud is no cakewalk. There is no easy doorway. In fact, migration to the cloud is complex and challenging, as the complete transformation demands equal elements of strategic strength, engineering precision, and cultural transformation.
Focusing on the parameter of cultural transformation, let’s get our basics right and primarily find out how to spot toxic culture and fix it.
Why is cloud computing unsuccessful within enterprises?
Well, you will be surprised to know that it is not the technology that works fine or topples over. In fact, in a majority of failed projects, the reason can be linked back to a toxic culture, which is the key reason for destroying cloud computing even before it got off the launch pad.
Now let’s focus on signs that can identify issues well before they disturb a business’s cloud success.
Here are 3 essential triggers to look for to understand if the company culture is favorable to the cloud or not.
The slow walk
This is a passive move where teams offer insincere support to cloud computing and take more than expected time to produce necessary information, such as applications and data descriptions that are necessary for workloads to be transferred to cloud-based platforms.
One of the best solutions at this phase is to overshare and help those who are responsible for providing information to help them feel a sense of responsibility and ownership. By this, we mean, it is essential to make sure that these people are included in the transition right from the beginning of the project and should be solicited for feedback. This would not change the scenario overnight, but it certainly will be a useful remedy to resolve passive-aggressive behavior.
The security fog
For quite some time, the public cloud platform has evolved with better security features compared to the on-premise. Given that, it is astounding to learn about the number of concerns that question cloud security. And this is exactly how ambiguity toward security can be defined.
Once again, there is a need to overshare, educate, and make sure that correct information is passed on to those who are veterans and understand both the security needs of the organization and the security benefits that the cloud has to offer.
The funding challenge
When the estimation of expenses toward cloud migration and maintenance is rounded up, it often turns out to be more than expected for most organizations. And once the plan to move to cloud computing gets bandied for budgetary discussions, it is learned the hard way that what needs to be funded is most of the time overlooked and not acted on. Well, what’s not funded, increases the risk factor.
The only solution to this is to be open for expert suggestions to make a difference to ROI.
However, there can be certain ways to economize the plan. Another way to deal with this is to postpone a few migrations to a future date. This, most of the time, works as a feasible solution, although it can reduce saving benefits that the company could enjoy otherwise.
Cloud computing is the present and the future. Gone are the days when companies had to worry about on-premise servers and work on capital expenses to maintain them. With the introduction and success of cloud computing, data can be stored and utilized in a more secure, cost-friendly, and updated manner.
Pro-tip: Before you finalize on moving to cloud, ensure that your organization has the right culture to be able to enjoy the benefits associated with cloud computing.