Real Skinny: How To Get Your Company to Move to the Cloud

toon_103_0It is a truth universally acknowledged that tech workers who are road-blocked by senior management from succeeding at their jobs are frustrated workers, indeed. One major instance of said road-blocking is still fairly commonplace — the transition of companies into cloud computing. Even CIOs lock horns with their support staff over this issue due to the misunderstanding, fear, and reluctance to change.

How do you get your company into the 21st century and into the cloud? You have to realize that it’s more than just a pragmatic issue. In fact, it’s a company culture issue.

Companies go through major structural transitions all of the time, and the move to the cloud is no different. But like other major changes — office location, software, organizational hierarchies, and so forth — it must be handled with delicacy and care. The first and most important step is to get your team on board with you is by making it clear why moving to the cloud is necessary before you explain how you will accomplish it.

Author Rachel Roumeliotis at O’Reilly breaks down the benefits of the cloud into an easy-to-explain model: speed, safety, and scale.


Time really is money. When your company uses the cloud, you save the precious seconds, minutes, and hours that allow you to work better and create more innovative solutions.


Security is often the biggest concern when transitioning over to the cloud. Create a bulletproof data safety plan and be ready to make a convincing argument to doubtful colleagues and managers.


Moving to cloud computing frees your company to expand — or contract — as necessary to efficiently achieve the results you’re looking for. Hardware will never compare.

Remember, any big company transition is a culture issue before it becomes a practical issue, so work within the bounds of your company’s culture to bring your computing practices up to speed and into the cloud.

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