Men and women around the world lose their jobs everyday due to budgetary cuts across all industries. As compassionate human beings, we all certainly wish that wouldn’t take place. The reality is, when it comes to IT professionals, there is, in fact, something that can be done to help prevent this. Too often, the heads of corporations are not properly equipped with the correct information about recent innovations surrounding data center optimization to be able to leverage existing tools to not only improve operations, but also increase or create new revenue streams.
A couple of months ago I was having dinner with a friend from college. Waiting for our meals to arrive, he told me about the changes taking place in his office and how he was put in charge of building out the budget for the 2016 fiscal year. He was having a hard time, specifically with trying to understand the benefits of cloud computing. To him, the cloud had been made to seem like a mysterious resource that can simply be accessed by any device anywhere. The recent media attention about cloud breaches didn’t help to alleviate his concerns. It was then that I came to understand just how scary and confusing the idea of “The Cloud” can be to the average business professional.
For those users, the ones to whom we strive to deliver best-in-class products and support, we owe it to them to finally take the time to answer the cloud-related questions that have been looked past for far too long.
The truth is, there is no universal correct answer, but with a little time and help, your organization can find the proper cloud solution. Though cloud strategies will vary, I believe that nearly all businesses can be aided through cloud services.
Please allow me to expand. My friend, with whom I was dining, fell in to the same trap that many businesses do every day. He saw the cloud as a way to outsource a department of “people and things,” but keep business operations the same. This approach is a recipe for disaster. I spent a good portion of the evening explaining how and why that is the case. Being in a restaurant, I used the analogy of a kitchen.
The best restaurants all have a few similarities. There is a vision and there is a delivery of that vision. Both of these start in the kitchen with the executive chef. These chefs have enormous talents, but each chef’s talents are slightly different than the next. To counterbalance those talents and deliver on the vision, they bring in sous chefs, pastry chefs, line cooks and wait staff. The combined result is a repeatable, enjoyable delivery of the vision that restaurants set out to create.
The IT department at all top level companies are executive chefs. They have a vision of how to deliver the workloads and services that will take their organization to the forefront of their industry. The hybrid cloud is their sous chefs. The cloud is great for email, great at delivering desktop resources and great at doing so in a reliable, repeatable way. Beyond that, the cloud frees up the time and resources for the IT department to orchestrate greatness and focus on delivering profit generating revenue streams through technology. The cloud also improves the user experience inside and/or outside of any organization.
The key to executing this correctly comes with what I call bold humility. You must be humble enough to accept that you cannot do it all and still deliver the best product you are capable of. You must take a bold approach to the world of IT and become an early adopter. This is challenging in a world where early adoption often carries an undue negative stigma. Beyond all of that, you must be able to take your vision and deliver a repeatable, satisfying experience for the clientele you strive to win over.
The hybrid cloud – offering a mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud services – not only allows for all of these things to become a reality, it is the only viable way to do this in an era where sub-microsecond latency is becoming less of an exception and more of a rule every day.