Cloud technology is already changing how many organizations do business. Flexible computing and storage resources in the cloud give businesses the ability to scale quickly to dynamic and seasonable demand with minimal capital investment. Similarly, collaboration services enable employees to work together in wholly new ways to achieve higher efficiency and productivity.
For some businesses, one barrier to moving to cloud is the organizational challenges such a transition presents. Building a hybrid cloud – that is, the blending of private on-premises resources with the public cloud – brings with it a different set of concerns.
For example, cloud shifts the role IT plays. IT has become less about standing up your own data center and more about brokering services from a multitude of clouds. This shift requires other shifts, such as how IT must rethink how it allocates financial, technical, and support resources. Moving to cloud also requires a different set of skills centered on cloud delivery (service catalog and user interface design), cloud governance (integrations, security, policy-based orchestration, cost management and optimization) and cloud operations (in-house versus using managed services).