Transforming Your Cloud Tech Savvy
Posted on April 5, 2017 by Matt Louden
Today, 95% of businesses leverage cloud technology to run 79% of their workloads. The average company depends on more than 1,400 cloud services daily. That said, using cloud software and maximizing its impact are two very different things.
Today, 95% of businesses leverage cloud technology to run 79% of their workloads. The average company depends on more than 1,400 cloud services daily.[tweet this]
Any organization can simply buy licenses and implement a cloud solution, but enterprises hoping to actualize this technology’s full potential need to undertake significant enterprise-wide steps. Here is what that transformation looks like step-by-step:
Empower Task Ownership
A clearly-defined role or set of responsibilities creates increased feelings of ownership and accountability for employees and easy-to-follow processes and chains of command for organizations. While cloud software is somewhat capable of empowering task ownership on its own, organizations need to prioritize this prior to initial rollouts to guarantee a smooth and successful integration.
Once workflows are established, a business can view its operational efficiency honestly and accurately. For the first time, inefficiencies are identified, unnecessary expenses are eliminated, and improvements are measured in a tangible way.
Set Success Metrics
After employee tasks have been outlined, detailing new success metrics is the next step in transforming organizational tech expertise. These measurables should not only be actionable, but encourage evolutionary behaviors that expand an enterprise’s existing knowledge base.
These metrics aren’t a “set-it-and-forget-it” task; how effectively they capture data and predict future behaviors and success should be constantly reviewed. Additionally, these measurements need to align with a company’s values and strategies. Don’t be afraid to alter or eliminate metrics that no longer make sense to track.
Truly Understand Cloud Tech’s Benefits
More than anything else, a cloud solution increases operational agility.[tweet this]
To maximize cloud software’s impact, organizations must understand its list of benefits doesn’t stop at cutting costs; more than anything else, a cloud solution increases operational agility. Cloud-enabled companies are more capable of scaling and adjusting technology to fit unique needs as they grow, and can do so without making significant infrastructure investments.
Additionally, the burden of securing, updating, deploying, and integrating new technology shifts to a third party, removing internal workloads and allowing Information Technology (IT) resources to be allocated more strategically. Employee collaboration also increases through a combination of new tools and the extension of traditional office hours and environments.
Centralize and Automate
The next step is centralizing IT management. A cloud software product should seamlessly integrate with all existing systems, making your technology and user base visible and controllable. Program data can then be normalized and analyzed to make decisions more informed and impactful.
This also creates the potential for workflow automation, which improves process methodology, consistency, and cost efficiency. As a result, inefficiencies and redundancies are easily prevented and confusion surrounding program approvals and permissions is cleared.
Evolve Your Culture
Cloud technology can never live up to its potential unless the entire organization is on board with the change.[tweet this]
Functioning technology is only half the battle. Cloud technology can never live up to its potential unless the entire organization is on board with the change. Large-scale culture change starts at the top; leadership needs to be forward-looking and focused on inspiring others to adopt cloud software solutions.
An enterprise must help employees realize the value and importance of cloud technology, otherwise it will be viewed as just another tech support tool for IT to deal with. If employees are exposed to this new software in a way that positively influences culture, these solutions can serve as a foundation that drives enterprise innovation.
In addition to getting company culture on-board with cloud technology, an organization should actively encourage and prioritize constant innovation. Minimize employee fear of failure or mistakes, as it’s often riskier to stand still than make changes in today’s digital landscape. Changing traditional corporate structures and/or creating specific positions/teams can ensure innovative thinking is always occurring.
Once a culture is ready to innovate, critical information needs to be effectively and efficiently shared in a way that allows cloud technology to be optimally leveraged. The success or failure of new technology depends on how nimbly it performs multi-departmental workflows and communication tasks.
Focus on Results
Equipped with clearly defined goals, improved technology, and a transformation-minded culture, an enterprise’s focus shifts to the final step: results. While each company’s considerations are unique, centralized cloud platforms simplify data management and make it easy to track successes or failures. They can even help identify any factor(s) keeping a program from achieving its desired results.
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