Managing Change in Cloud Migration

Technology, business, and organization are the Holy Trinity of successful cloud transformation. Once you decide to make the switch, here’s five important areas on which to focus:

Organization

Although many believe cloud computing is only relevant for those within the company’s technical departments, that is simply not the case. Moving to the cloud adds value to all divisions in a business from the moment of implementation. Taking away the unwanted aspects of operational issues and high capital expenses, cloud transformation enhances business agility and incorporates new business models all while making better use of resources and maximizing profits. Though making the decision to move to the cloud is highly advantageous, keep in mind that organizational changes might be necessary to gain the full benefit from cloud servers. This change is non-discriminatory as it affects all departments within a company. Be sure to work with a trusted partner that can show you how to take advantage of the available services and make organizational transitions as smooth as possible. Company-wide communication will be the crux of change success.

Process

As a company grows so does its baggage, often evolving from the business systems itself. Don’t make the mistake other companies do and assume the system that has worked for your company from the very beginning is still the best fit. Small, medium, and large companies can all benefit through cloud transition that will ensure a business saves money and maximizes efficiency; however, the timetable from implementation to reaching greatest success may differ between company size. While smaller businesses with a relatively clean slate may have an easier time than their larger counterparts making the full cloud transition, bigger companies will benefit from investing whatever time it takes now to prevent an even bigger baggage buildup in the future.

Sponsorship

Senior leaders play a central role in making change successful. Research results clearly point to active and visible executive sponsorship as the number one success factor for change initiatives. Visibly supporting the change throughout the entire process is critical. Sponsors need to communicate the reason, need for change, and future state (the vision) to employees and managers multiple times through multiple media outlets. Remember, a positive attitude from executives will trickle down to those who are working most intimately with the new systems.

Roles & Responsibilities

Just like organizational changes will occur during the process of moving to the cloud, so will roles and responsibilities shift. Less technical roles will be required as cloud services offer managed functionality. AdvancedEPM Consulting assists with overseeing implementation and use of the system, which emerges new technical roles within the company. Technical engineers for PaaS services and functional managers for SaaS services will become a necessity, and companies will see the increase in integration of business and IT brought together by service architects in the middle. Information Technology can worry less about overseeing bits and bytes and focus more on building business value.

Knowledge/Skills

Cloud migration will impact the skills required of IT and business team members. The requirement of an IT employee will shift from technical knowledge to service instrumentation. Financial employees will develop and understand how cloud services can be used, growing their knowledge base to bridge the gap between IT and business departments. The collaboration between departments will benefit all employees and ultimately unify the company.

While the changes to keep in mind before migrating to the cloud might seem overwhelming, AdvancedEPM has a team of highly-skilled consultants and diligent employees to make the transition less daunting. Knowledge is power, and using both to your advantage will set your company high above the competition.

Please contact AdvancedEPM today at info@advancedepm.com for more information.