The Cloud: A Refocused Strategy for CIOs

March 21, 2017 | Post by Chad Atchley | 1 Comments

CIO on the Cloud

Technology is ever changing, and while around 95 percent of enterprises have embraced the cloud technology, CIOs remain cautious to adapt to the extent that is needed for a company to stay relevant. 

So why are CIOs often hesitant to adopt the new technology?

The recent Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey indicates that only 31 percent of its respondents have a formal process in place for transitioning to the cloud within the next year. That same report, though, shows that CIOs realize that the cloud is becoming an increasingly popular option for organizations with 49 percent of respondents planning to make upgrades within the next three years.

Cloud technology offers flexibility and agility for workforces, yet this recent study shows that the majority of CIOs are still hesitant to fully embrace the changes associated with cloud technology.

What’s been done in the past?

Traditionally, the CIO’s role involved strategically planning out the company’s next technological steps and deciding on what technology to purchase to execute these steps. This was nearly always made in a strategic decision process to be part of the company’s capital expense. But with changes in the ways that technology is purchased now as an operational expense, this has created a shift in the ways CIOs operate. Instead of only managing the data storage, they are now managing the data itself.

Switching the Mindset

CIOs are exploring new, innovative ways of working with an emphasis on nurturing relationships with other C-level executives and outward to their suppliers and customers. CIOs now have to understand different workloads and how these changes, along with technology changes, impact budgets.

A major deterrent many CIOs report as a reason to not switch to the cloud is the overall cost associated with the transition. Many CIOs have reported that migrations have been more expensive than expected. They feel they have a loss of control involving the overall security, operation and costs. But that could be expected with the transition of responsibility.

CIOs should expect to be more involved with all different departments of a company instead of just working with the technology that the organization runs on. Instead of managing the technology that is being purchased, CIOs should expect to know who owns the data, how it is being used and how to optimize the usage in the future to increase business growth.

Applying the Changes

With the shift of control and change of responsibility, CIOs need to understand the importance of management of data rather than storage. The benefits of being able to control data instead of data storage means that it provides a company with more control over their own information and subsequently more security, more flexibility and better business oriented-focus.

How is your CIO harnessing the power of the cloud and navigating potential challenges? Please leave a comment below. 

The content and opinions posted on this blog and any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors, not those of CompuCom.

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    Chad Atchley

    Chad Atchley is a VP of Product Management & Development for CompuCom’s Cloud Technology Services (CTS) Business Unit.

Comments

Chad, great article. We are hearing this from many service providers. We have worked through a couple suggestions we would be happy to share if you are interested. It is a multi step approach that is needed to be truly successful.

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