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This blog series has been focussed on providing some insight into areas where some organisations are missing the benefits of Cloud technologies, by subconsciously not recognising the imbalance of their approach as it pertains to People, Process and Technology

Technology-heavy change can all too often lead to forgetting about the people and process aspects until it is too late.

In our experience the people and process aspects are all about cloud utilisation whereas the tech is about cloud adoption. To drive the needed benefits and resultant competitive advantage you need to ensure you are in balance as the equation below shows

This series of blogs has explored four reasons why process and people too easily get out of balance with tech-led transformation.  This is the final blog where we will be pulling these 4 areas back together.

Clarity of Why and Priority of drivers

Clarity of Why and Priority of drivers

– Cloud is not a one size fits all solution and you need to be really clear on where you are starting (the state of your current IT and the strategy for your business) so that you can accurately and with specificity tailor your cloud utilisation journey to the benefits you need to deliver that strategy. Lack of clarity at this fundamental stage can lead to an erosion of benefit at every step.

Leadership Considerations

Leadership Considerations

– All areas of the organisation need to be heavily invested and engaged in a Cloud utilisation journey. Where the driver is held by the CTO or CIO this often contributes to the imbalance. The CEO acting as an orchestrator of the enterprise, in line with the clarity of why will set you in far greater stead as then value creation not technical competence define the journey.

Risk Management before Risk Appetite

Risk Management before Risk Appetite

– Cloud is not a silver bullet for risk management, and you need to ensure you have an educated CRO and team along with a very clear risk taxonomy and appetite to be able to really understand what you’re willing and able to change with the use of Cloud. Organisations with legacy IT estates or in regulated industries need to be 100% ahead of the technology and feed in a strong set of requirements to that CEO-lead clarity of why and cloud utilisation strategy formula.

Proactive Upskilling

Proactive Upskilling

– Great tech without an appropriately skilled workforce is no match for sufficient tech with an empowered and educated workforce.  That means people change BEFORE tech change. And top-down and bottom-up learning need to go hand-in-hand. Generic cloud learning is not enough, you need to be able to relate the tech directly to your processes and how they delivery on your strategy.

 “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motiviating them, the teacher is the most important” – Bill Gates

Conclusion

With two thirds of organisations not realising their desired benefits from Cloud according to a 2019 Accenture Study it’s time to take that step back, and review your position on these areas, and where necessary adjust your approach to get into that illusive third that will be the leaders in their fields in the next 5 years.

It is worth noting that the top 4 reasons citied in that study are aligned to the experience we have been sharing in this blog series, which sadly reflects that despite the passing of another year, the approaches in many organisations are not changing:

  • 65% – security and compliance risk
  • 55% – complexity of business and organisational change
  • 43% – legacy infrastructure and/or application sprawl
  • 42% – lack of cloud skills with the organization

So let’s make 2021 the year that you decide it’s time for to do Cloud Transformation properly. And by that we mean sustainably, holistically and for a valid, articulated and measurable reason – let’s get on the Cloud Utilisation journey…

Broadstones is setup to help you

Just like in blog 5 when we said that you need some external recruitment to being in experience and set your teams up with role models – that goes for the leadership level too. It’s ok to ask for help, and it’s ok to go small too.

Broadstones are cloud-knowledgeable change makers working with businesses to support the delivery of organisational transformation that unlocks and delivers systemic long-term benefits via sustainable cultural, process and technical change, that will leave you ahead of the competition.

We are able to assist you in assessing your current status, and provide industry-leading knowledge, coaching and skills to address any challenges and exploit the inherent opportunities your organisation has to benefit from Cloud.

Unlike some of the bigger consultancies, we do not sheep-dip or generalise you to other clients, forcing you to take on a “tried and tested” method, that is just one-size-fits-all with a different tag. We know each organisation is unique and requires an individual understanding and we strive to adapt to your culture, adjust to your unique circumstances  and challenges and we then will alter our approach to meet your singular set of desired outcomes.

“As such there is no one-size-fits-all approach that anyone can offer you. The hot water that softens a carrot will harden an egg.” – Clayton Christensen

Why not reach out for a chat with us today.

Remind yourself of the whole blog series, by checking out the 5 previous parts in the Blog

Changying

Changying

Author: Changying Culture
Changying represents the Culture that is required to make the whole thing work. She is the secret sauce, the ways of working and the values that help all the components fit together in a way that delivers success. 

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