But to move to the opportunistic phase, you need to have the vision and the roadmap, says Francis.
You need to raise the awareness not only with the leadership team, but also with the boards You need to identify the gaps in the organisation, start doing those audits and develop a cloud team.
"When we talk about a cloud team, it is not a subsegment of the IT team," she explains. "It is subsegment of the organisation, bringing in the skills across the organisation."
Enterprises will have more data in the cloud, than in their own data centres in three to five years, she states.
"All your data is going to be connected to the cloud eventually .... such as IoT data. It is going to be outside the organisation. You need to transform your cloud model so you can cope with it and manage it."
Borrow from the leaders, stresses Francis.
"Get ideas from those that are truly disruptive and apply those techniques in ways that are actually unique to you and your organisation."
"Assess where you need to be in two, three or five years. What do you need to do to be a disruptor?
"Identify the gaps in your vision, in your technology, your processes, your people and understand the business context and the overarching goals of your cloud transformation journey."
Understand what the culture is and the change management required for the organisation, so you can become a cloud organisation, says Francis.
"Don't forget the line of business. They will be critical partners in your cloud and digital transformation journey."
"It is a continuous journey, there is no such thing as a finish point... It is an infinity loop; by the time you get to the end, you go to the start."
Source: CSO Australia
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