3 mistakes that will get you fired
By Terence Ngai - Business Management: Director, Manager - HP - USA
Many enterprises know they need to move to the cloud, but they don’t have a sense of how to get there. While you hear a lot about the advantages of cloud, there’s risk associated with doing it wrong or going in without a plan. You may want the faster time-to-market and increased agility that cloud can deliver, but how do you navigate the pitfalls and get to that desired state?
Moving to the cloud is not for the fainthearted. You need help to define your strategy and roadmap. You can’t just buy something, plug it in, and expect it to work. You need to consider a number of questions:
- How do I manage change?
- What skills does IT need to possess?
- How do I transition from my existing infrastructure and applications?
If IT can’t deliver what the lines of business need, those users may turn to outside service providers such as Amazon to purchase cloud on their own. IT needs to find a way to head off these rogue clouds and maintain control. But if you don’t properly train your people and put the appropriate governance in place, ultimately you’ll fail to deliver the business outcome the CEO expects.
Mistake #1—Not putting the needs of the business first
One of the biggest mistakes companies make is to see cloud as purely a technological solution, rather than as a business solution. To ensure the best results, you need to first create a strategy, developed with people who have knowledge of your business and can help you leverage cloud in a way that makes sense for your situation.
IT needs to work with business unit leaders to jointly define the desired business outcomes and get alignment on key areas. By focusing efforts on agreed-upon targets, IT can apply technology to drive the business forward in a measurable and quantifiable way, demonstrating value to the business.
Mistake #2—Keeping the cloud separate from traditional IT environment
No cloud should be an island. Neglecting to integrate cloud with your existing IT environment can generate systemic waste, in the form of siloed resources that often end up unnoticed due to a lack of control and transparency.
Instead, you should view cloud as a complement to and an extension of your traditional IT environment. This hybrid approach enables you to implement unified management and security controls, rather than juggling disparate management tools and security policies for two separate environments.
Mistake #3—I’ll figure it out all by myself
According to a 2013 study conducted by HP, 43 percent of enterprises surveyed indicated that they wanted strategic guidance on deploying cloud. A managed service provider can help ensure that your transition goes smoothly, and that your implementation aligns with business goals.
One such organization, BT Engage IT, an IT services business focused on the U.K. corporate midmarket, partners with HP to provide an infrastructure-as-a-service platform. According to company CEO Rich Lowe, clients moving to cloud are starting from a brown field environment, not a green field environment. Customers need to keep their businesses up and running while they make the transformation to a hybrid IT solution that incorporates both legacy IT and cloud.
BT Engage IT works to protect customers’ interests to ensure that people who are starting from differentiated states end up in the right place, as a managed, gradual transition. Because the needs from an IT perspective are complex and the demands from the business on IT are huge, customers often require outside help to get where they need to go.
Secure, optimized solution
HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud combines secure, scalable technology with professional services to help you move, optimize, and manage mission-critical applications. By choosing a managed solution, you can remove much of the risk from your transition to the cloud and better meet the goals of the business.
Watch this video for more on how BT Engage IT helps smooth customers' path to the cloud: