With cloud adoption, talent is king.

blog-imageIf you sit 10 business leaders down to talk IT, seven will say they urgently need to migrate to the cloud to support their company’s growth. Ask about their cloud adoption plans, and you’ll have only four left in the conversation. That leaves six feeling behind the curve, for good reason.

Within a year, half of enterprise workloads world-wide will be running in the cloud, reducing costs and improving IT resource utilization. Among those who are already there, 85% reported saving money. 80% saw improvements to their IT departments — in areas like quality, efficiency and security — within six months of moving to the cloud.

When I sit down with IT and business leaders, I hear they want the performance of a cloud solution. They see it as the key to innovation, business continuity, customer service…to remaining competitive. My take-away is that it’s not cost that’s the main inhibitor to cloud adoption, and it’s not the data security boogieman. It’s talent.

IT teams are lean, scaled to keep their heads above water with their current infrastructure in an ever-rising tide of business demands. Who has the in-house bandwidth for a comprehensive cloud migration initiative? You’re only going to invest a year or 18 months, and half your IT budget, if you’re confident your resources can take you from strategy, to planning, testing and deployment.

With an abundance of respect for every IT team I’ve worked with, staff IT resources may not be enough. Charging your current IT team with tacking an infrastructure transformation while keeping the existing infrastructure humming could be risky. Even if you could bring a couple of strong players with cloud migration experience on board, you’re flirting with an outage, or more serious business disruption disaster.

Of course, your vendor selection is going to make a difference. If you choose a VMware-IBM solution or SAP HANA solution, you’re partnering with the best in the industry.

But it’s your choice of integration partner, or managed services provider that is essential to fully leverage the new technology and your current IT environment. Odds are, you’re headed toward a hybrid solution that will exist along with your on-prem investments for the foreseeable future. The right external expertise can help you get there, out in front of the curve.

Where are you on the curve? Are you well into your cloud adoption strategy, or is it still on paper?

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About johnjblair

John J. Blair is the President and CEO of Blair Technology Solutions responsible for technology, innovation, and providing customized IT strategies to strengthen operations for enterprises across various industry verticals. His reputation is renowned as a results-driven leader, whose effective team-building skills and strategic development expertise have helped his clients achieve IT business success with cost-effective solutions. With almost 35 years in the IT industry, John has established a highly skilled team with expertise in providing personalized and customized IT solutions to a variety enterprises across Canada. Under his tutelage, his company is committed to customer service excellence, providing IT professional technicians to support the ongoing growth and needs of any IT department. Always on the leading edge of emerging technologies, John entered into the Managed Services field early and developed a Managed Services division under the Blair brand. John holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and has many industry certifications.
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