Cloud adoption comes from above

October 27, 2014

As cloud computing becomes more ubiquitous, everyone throughout enterprise is growing cognizant of the fact that cloud adoption will be necessary sooner rather than later. The benefits to the realms of employee productivity, big data analysis, application development and other vital business and IT functions cannot be understated. 

It might be tempting to think that the adoption of cloud computing would be driven by the employees. They are, after all, the boots on the ground and well-attuned to the trends and possibilities that a new technology brings. Management, on the other hand, is often seen as risk averse – afraid to jump into the unknown and shift operations into a totally new environment.

Management leading the way to the cloud
It turns out, however, that this stereotype is untrue when it comes to enterprises moving to the cloud. A recent survey showed that in a significant number of cases, management is what is driving the push into the world of cloud computing.

According to an Avere survey conducted at the Amazon Web Services Summit in July, 26 percent of attendees reported that top-level management in their companies was the key driver when it comes to cloud enablement, strategy and decision making. 41 percent of attendees said their business planned on migrating their on-premises IT infrastructure to a cloud-based provider.

Top-level management can provide strategic insight
While IT employees may have the benefit of being in the trenches when it comes to working with the technology, management has the high-level strategic view when it comes to the direction of the business of the whole. Considering that the IT infrastructure affects the entire business, management's holistic view is essential when deciding on how cloud solutions will be implemented for the benefit of every functional business area.

Managers are well aware of the boon in productivity and agility that cloud services bring and they have the business acumen to know how it will fit within an enterprise. They have the top-down awareness that allows them to ask the right questions – ones that may evade the more focused employees who are only required to understand their own specific area.

As InformationWeek noted, management can and should ask questions like who are the end users? What is the strategy for expanding capacity? What are the security concerns? What are the financial benefits and costs?

By having an executive team that can bring this kind of insight, enterprises can ensure their cloud strategy is aligned with that of the overall business.