Almost every day, we see jaw-dropping illustrations of the growth of cloud computing. According to 451 Research (PDF), which does a quarterly survey of more than 1,200 IT professionals worldwide, 38% of respondents say their organizations have a cloud-first policy, meaning a cloud solution is prioritized over other types of development. The most common events that initiate expansions of cloud use are business events like mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, as well as technology events like hardware replacement, software upgrades, and datacenter expansions.
The same report finds “41% of all enterprise workloads are currently running in some type of public or private cloud. By mid-2018, that number is expected to rise to 60%, indicating that a majority of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud in the near term.” It seems like just yesterday we were quoting Jason Segel saying, “Nobody understands the cloud.”
Does your organization understand the cloud? For your own sake, answer honestly, because it is very, very likely that a major portion of your work is already living in it. Do you know exactly who can read your data when it’s in the cloud? Are you clear on who actually owns your data? How does your cloud provider keep your data compliant with industry regulations, such as HIPAA and Sarbox? What security technologies and procedures does the cloud provider deploy in order to provide adequate protection of your data? And, perhaps most important, can your data easily migrate to a new platform if that is necessary somewhere down the line? Cloud computing carries enormous potential for vendor lock-in. Don’t assume your vendor hasn’t thought about that.
Cloud computing can change your business. There’s nothing wrong with that, unless the change takes you completely by surprise. Don’t let it. Take steps to ensure you have cloud computing expertise on-board and that your organization knows what cloud computing best practices look like. Do it now, before you’re all in.
National Cloud Technologists Association (NCTA) can help. NCTA provides a curriculum and certifications for cloud computing. The NCTA’s unique CloudMaster certificate program provides IT professionals with solid skills in cloud technologies, cloud architecture, and management of cloud infrastructure, as well as an understanding of modern web services deployment and administration. Best of all, this is not proprietary training. Technologies covered include Microsoft Windows and Azure, Amazon Web Services, VMware, Linux, Google Docs, Drupal, Wordpress, OpenStack, Rackspace, Digital Ocean, Chef, and Chef Solo.
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Cloud computing can move maintenance, update, and infrastructure issues into the background, freeing your IT staff to think about ways technology might increase business revenue. This can change their work in ways that some of the staff aren’t entirely comfortable with. As an organizational leader, your job is to make sure they see the benefits. Their job is to acquire the skills to make your cloud migration, which is probably happening whether you like it or not, a success.