June 21, 2019

The human side of cloud migration

The organization must change around the use of cloud computing. This is a fact that most won’t dispute. How it changes, and what changes, is where the conflict begins.

Keep in mind that we’re not simply replacing on-premises servers with virtual ones in the cloud. We’re replacing and retooling people. This means disrupting lives, and, in some instances, making others the victims of our own mistakes if we make the wrong calls.

In every other cloud project that I’ve done in the past 10 years, I’ve faced reorganization challenges, skill set challenges, and procedure challenges—all people related. In other words, they wanted a new cloud-enabled organization to be defined, along with the skills required, and what those people needed to do during the day. I view this as the single most important and scary task when moving to cloud computing.

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