How to Make the Cloud Culture Shift

We just wrapped up a webinar where we partnered with AWS to present Enabling the Cloud Culture Shift with Automated Governance. Our take: the more things change…

Yes, technology is obviously a big part of the seismic shift to the cloud. But, as in every tech shift, it still comes down to people, process, AND technology:

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I recently came across a great line from the folks at Softchoice: “If you’re still thinking of the cloud as a location to put your data and applications, stop. Cloud is a model, not a place.”

Successful cloud transformation requires a move away from legacy IT practices like requesting servers toward self-service provisioning. The transformation also requires moving from legacy cultural practices like centralized management of resources to delegation with assurance.

But these moves can be scary for several reasons. Fear of cost overruns, compliance violations, and security breaches often stall or even prevent enterprise-wide cloud use. From a people perspective, fear of change and job obsolescence can impact the speed of your move to the cloud.

Trying to take traditional IT approaches and port them to the cloud won’t calm the fears because these manual processes don’t scale and they introduce the potential for error. Just as troublesome is the labor required for these old processes – beyond the obvious cost implications, your team members will miss the opportunity to innovate because they’re too busy ‘keeping the lights on’.

Combining best practices with automated governance helps to calm fears and reduce roadblocks. For example, you can manage concern about cost overruns with budget enforcement actions that freeze spend when a threshold is reached. Fears about compliance violations can be tackled when you automate the setup of accounts and have these accounts automatically inherit policies that match your compliance regimes.

For more best practices around making the culture change and examples of how automated governance addresses specific fears, check out the webinar replay. If you’d like a deeper dive into how delivers automated governance, contact us!

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Webinar: Enabling the Cloud Culture Shift with Automated Governance, November 14, 2018 webinar icon

When:  Wednesday, November 14, 2:00pm Eastern

As with most seismic technology shifts, the heavy lift in the effort is not the setup of the tech but, rather, leading people through the change. The move to the cloud represents a major shift in organizational culture that can be scary for both team members and leaders. The changes in the way IT is purchased and managed force most organizations to overhaul policies and procedures used for decades. Afterwards, most still struggle to keep up with the demand and achieve the innovation potential possible in the cloud.

Join us to hear lessons learned from customers who have successfully overcome these obstacles and how cloud governance can help you make this move with assurance.

In this webinar, learn more about:

    • How legacy IT practices are transformed in modern cloud operations
    • Typical challenges that arise during the cultural shift to the cloud
    • How cloud governance best practices and technology can help you accelerate adoption and easily scale operations to meet the increased user demand

Join the team and Brett Miller, Technical Program Manager, AWS Compliance Quick Starts and Governance@Scale for this DGI-hosted webinar!

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AWS re:Invent, November 26-30, 2018

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Where: The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

When: November 26-30, 2018

We’re sponsoring AWS re:Invent and we’ll be in Booth 331 on the Expo floor.  Visit us to learn more about cloud governance, score some conference swag, and get a ticket for a chance to win our big prize at our Thursday drawing.

If you want to learn more about the AWS Governance at Scale framework, check out one of the following session offerings from AWS:

    • SEC349-R – Governance at Scale, Tuesday, Nov 27, 11:30am – 12:30pm; Aria West, Level 3, Starvine 7
    • SEC349-R1 – Governance at Scale, Thursday, Nov 29, 1:45pm – 2:45pm; MGM, Level 3, North Concourse 307

Note: Session details are subject to change. Registered attendees should review the Event Catalog to obtain the latest session information and reserve seats.

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