What steps do you highlight to organisations in their cloud project management plans?
Gradually, we are seeing Malaysian organisations moving to the cloud especially CIOs who need to handle a variety of applications. Within Malaysia, CIOs have started to trust the cloud for their critical and data-intensive business functions. As they look towards the future, they should consider the following suggestions to reduce and prevent any possible hiccups with the cloud project.
Firstly, there is a need to understand where the IT investments stand in your business transformation journey and ensure that you understand the existing IT costs, the actual cost of migration, and build a strong argument for switching to cloud. This should incorporate cost savings as well as wider business benefits, such as faster time to market, improved productivity, and richer management information.
Secondly, be sure that you are educated with the right information on cloud and its implications for business; ensuring the selected cloud solutions adhere to industry-accepted standards and certification for data privacy, protection and security.
Thirdly, recognise that the CIO and CTO are bridges to senior management. At the same time, they are also one of the key decision-makers in their own capacity. This means orienting the cloud message towards non-technical, board-level executives, with a focus on solutions that recognise the motivations of the various stakeholders and take into account the gradual homogenisation of the cloud environment.
Lastly, do take into consideration the need to address concerns over the potential reorganisation of the IT department and the potential loss of control over IT. Staff will need to be trained and retrained with strategic consulting responsibilities in managing the on-demand applications, cloud environment and its related services. New roles and responsibilities may surface due to the cloud implementation and be ready to leverage these opportunities to position your staff.
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