7-Running_a_Business_on_the_Cloud

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Sponsored By: The Cloud is confusing… well it can be, and that’s where CloudU™ comes in. CloudU is a comprehensive Cloud Computing training and education curriculum developed by industry analyst Ben Kepes. Whether you read a single whitepaper, watch a dozen webinars, or go all in and earn the CloudU Certificate, you’ll learn a lot, gain new skills and boost your resume. Enroll in CloudU today at http://cloudu.rackspace.com/ RUNNING A BUSINESS O N T H E C L O U D Management Strategies For The New IT
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Executive Summary The move from traditional IT to Cloud Computing is a massive opportunity for an IT department to add value to the organization it serves. As with any major technology shift however, this change also introduces challenges that need to be proactively managed. When management is faced with a shift to Cloud Computing, there are three areas that need to be assessed to ensure they are ready for the opportunities and challenges that accompany the move, which are identified in this paper. These three areas are; Planning for Shifting IT Responsibilities Developing New Skills Recruitment, Training, Hiring and Retention of Cloud Professionals Armed with the information in this paper, management will be sufficiently aware of specific areas to look at and should be able to greatly lessen the problematic business impacts of a move to the Cloud. Table of Contents Executive Summary 1 Accounting – A Historical Parallel 2 Planning for Shifting IT Responsibilities 3 Developing New Skills 4 Vendor Relationships 4 New Technologies 4 Strategic Business Skills 5 Recruitment, Training, Hiring and Retention of Cloud Professionals 7 The Lack of Formal Qualifications 7 The Narrow Talent Pool 7 Dealing with Opposition to Cloud Computing 9 Conclusion 10 About Diversity Analysis 11 About Rackspace 12
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Running a Business on the Cloud: Management Strategies for the New IT © Diversity Limited, 2011 Non-commercial reuse with attribution permitted 2 Accounting – A Historical Parallel To illustrate the thrust of this paper, it is worth drawing parallels to an industry that has seen similar paradigm shifts as we believe Cloud Computing is causing for IT. In this case we have chosen to use accountants as an example. Up until very recently, accountant offices looked very much as they had for the previous several hundred years – processes were manual, documents were recorded on paper in large repositories, the ability to report on performance in a timely manner was a pipe dream and innovation was unheard of. Yet with the advent of the personal computer and the meteoric shift that saw PC’s enter into every Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firm, change occurred in which accountants could largely forget about the most mundane of their tasks and instead focus on adding value for their clients.
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