The most probable scenario is you have a select app or services in the cloud already, but moving everything to the cloud is a whole different ballgame. Your CEO probably read somewhere that cloud platforms are more powerful, less expensive, more secure, and get new features and updates first. A recent study by North American IT research company Softchoice found that Microsoft Office 365 users in the cloud saved millions of dollars when compared to on site Office 365 users. You can bet your CEO knows this and will be asking questions. How do you tell your boss that moving into the cloud is not an overnight process while buying time to make the move?
It Isn't That Easy, and It Isn't Going To Be Free
It is time to buckle down and tell your decision makers the truth: The IT department does not have enough data resources to make an efficient move into the cloud. Digital resources do not just move themselves for free; there is a substantial upfront cost that applies to a full-scale move. In order to maintain the integrity of a corporate structure and keep information organized without opening security backdoors, IT must interface with operations, troubleshoot in real time, and stay compliant with new host regulations. Without the proper management, this is a risky and expensive proposition.
There is also the little problem of when this is to be done, because your operations and IT staff still have a business to run day to day.
Maintaining Structural Integrity
Cloud applications interact with each other and with their host provider much more intricately than on-site hardware based applications. Even if your company is lucky enough to have a native upgrade into the cloud for all of its third party applications, the integrity of your business may still be under attack. If you have not updated your infrastructure in a while, your data may need to be ported from an antiquated version of a current app. If you have ever tried to open an extremely old Microsoft Word document in the newest version of Word, you can understand a bit of the issue here.
IT must be given time to study how to migrate your data into the cloud while maintaining its integrity. Although ports of data happen relatively quickly once all of the bugs have been ironed out, you cannot be sure that there won't be some hiccups in the process. If any of this data corresponds to a customer facing or business-critical application within your business, you may be tying the hands of your high-profile end users.
Moving Into the Cloud Safely and Efficiently
The discussion that you need to have with your CEO about moving into the cloud does not need to be overly technical. The expertise to guide a move is usually there. However, most companies simply do not have the manpower nor the time for a proper data driven cloud evaluation or resources to ensure a flawless migration and turn up of service.
Pass the buck back to your CEO. There must be an executive decision made to invest in the resources necessary to facilitate an efficient move. In most cases, this means outsourcing the technical details of that move to an experienced team with dedicated resources. Working with a dedicated mid-market IT operational risk management firm such as Alphaserve is the best way to expand the use of company resources. Instead of hiring a single in-house cloud generalist, your CEO can hire a full team of specialists who understand the safe movement of data into the cloud.
Discussions about the cloud usually come down to resources, not skill. Inform your CEO of what you need so that you can do your job.