Don’t let your IT team make these 4 mistakes in the cloud
Ideally, a cloud team can lead a business through almost any cloud project. But the path to a cloud team’s success can be strewn with mistakes and missteps. To get the most out of a cloud team, these four common oversights should be considered.
1. Bad team and skills
Relatively simple cloud projects can be successful with the same handful of cloud experts. But successful cloud projects may require a mixed approach from cloud team members. For example, a cloud project that requires software development in Java may not be well served with developers who specialize in the PHP scripting language.
A team is a toolbox. Choose the right tools for the job at hand. Cloud teams can benefit from additional recruitment and continuing education in key roles.
2. No fallback plans
The cloud is not an all-or-nothing proposition, and there are many ways to use the cloud. Service providers continue to grow. Services change, business demands change, and vendors can interrupt services that a customer sees as essential.
Too often, cloud teams follow a cloud-centric or cloud-only mindset, and they don’t develop cloud projects for repatriation or migration to other vendors. Some projects may struggle to meet expectations or fail altogether. Healthy cloud teams (and businesses) recognize these risks and incorporate these factors into their team and project planning.
3. Absent processes
The success of a cloud project sometimes depends less on getting the work done and more on how the work is done.
Most aspects of cloud computing, especially security and compliance, rely on proven and well-thought-out practices, processes and procedures. Best practices should guide everything from initial architectural design to post-project monitoring and analysis. Organizations and cloud teams that overlook the importance of the process risk errors and oversights that could potentially delay or jeopardize the project.
4. Poor communication
Technical efforts benefit from open communication and close collaboration between members of the cloud team. Rapid changes in cloud technologies and services need to be closely monitored and shared freely. Communication and collaboration stimulate innovation.
Business leaders and project managers must facilitate these contacts and work diligently to avoid technological silos or strongholds that can hamper the flow of ideas and innovation. Lack of communication can also lead to mistakes and oversights, duplication of effort and other waste of team time and talent.