Talk of the cloud has stirred up a lot of excitement. A 2011 mandate from the government CIO to move toward a cloud-first strategy has managers hoping that public cloud solutions will provide a quick fix to sticky technology challenges and messy business processes.
To some extent the hype is real. The cloud is transforming how organizations use and manage technology. As cloud adoption becomes more prevalent, government organizations that resist its charms risk missing opportunities to enhance the services they deliver.
So what’s the catch? It’s not an easy transformation. Cloud solutions go in quickly, but they demand enormous organizational changes, and those have to be envisioned, managed and led. In addition, cloud solutions can be risky. It’s not so much about data privacy issues because sophisticated cloud providers address those as well as anyone. Rather, the risk is that you’ll assemble an incoherent mass of solutions that fail to support data sharing and access, which are essential to high quality service levels in the digital economy.
But the cloud’s ability to accelerate technology adoption can lead to big advantages, so it’s well worth it to start the transformation. In a case study of the SEC and a number of for-profit firms, we’ve identified five imperatives for preparing for the cloud.
Read the full post at Computerworld.
John Mooney is a researcher at MIT Sloan School of Management’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) and associate professor at Pepperdine University. Jeanne Ross is director and principal research scientist at CISR. They coauthored, “Embrace the Inevitable: Six Imperatives to Prepare Your Organization for Cloud Computing.”