I was at Cloud Connect Santa Clara last week and had an opportunity to listen to HP’s keynote, which I really enjoyed. I missed the chance to speak personally with Margaret, but one of these days, I hope to catch up with her. Her keynote was straight to the point, and made a lot of sense.
Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist at HP Cloud Services in her keynote, announced: We’re all headed to our destination — nirvana, which is the CLOUD. “Every CEO is telling his employees to have a cloud strategy. The board is telling the CEO to have a cloud strategy. But It has to be done tomorrow. Oh, and while you’re doing that can you please cut costs, increase business value. Do more with less.”
Dawson added that: there’s a misconception that with the cloud, IT is becoming less relevant. It’s actually become more vital that it’s ever before. The role IT is playing is absolutely critical in the company’s success in implementing a cloud strategy.
Dawson outlined some steps — I’m listing 4 here — on how companies can get started with the cloud.
- Know what you don’t know. Across your entire organization, can you determine where you data is? How many are using Dropbox? Do an audit of cloud services and data. Hire a third-party entity, if necessary.
- Classify your data. What is really business mission-critical data? Where is the personally identifiable data? Where is the customer data? Focus on the critical data that you really need to manage that you can’t afford to lose.
- Communicate pro-actively. Sure, the IT team talks about changing passwords frequently. But, IT rarely communicates about stuff such as, here’s our new cloud strategy and here’s how we’re going to benefit from it.
- IT and Business share a KPI. Both have a metric that shows each team has a stake on the other’s success.
What are the steps your company is taking towards its path to the cloud?
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