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How to lose the cloud chasm between executives and IT

Paul Lidsky, President & CEO, Datalink | Sept. 12, 2013
Cloud computing discussions abound these days, but there is a growing gap between executives and IT when it comes to assessing cloud's potential.

" Test the cloud with quick, risk-minimal projects. Advisors can help here, with indicating the least risky, early use cases for cloud services. Cloud-based development and testing, for example, may be one place to expect big returns with minimal risk.

" Reward innovation: A corporate culture that cultivates and rewards change and innovation within all departments may be needed. This encompasses everyone from executives to IT employees who manage data backups.

There's no doubt that cloud will be one of the most transformational IT moves organizations will encounter. Successfully moving to cloud in any of its forms means the evolution of everything, from processes to technologies to people. Such a transformation will require business leaders and IT to collaborate extensively. If successful, organizations can move their businesses forward and gain significant competitive advantage.


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