The Importance of a Collaborative Effort with the IT Department in Cloud Migration Decisions

Conventionally, the role of the IT department was to run systems and churn out reports. Everyone essentially stuck to their specialties. However, with the cloud, the role of IT is evolving and the correlation between the strength of your IT department and your competitive position is becoming more relevant than ever.

In today’s environment, technology advantage means an advantage. Period.

A recent Deloitte survey suggests that IT is elevating to a guided leadership role, where business will be in charge and guide digital transformation, instead of looking at IT as an activity that simply happens down in the data center somewhere.

“This doesn’t mean that top executives should review every IT investment proposal and decision,” The Wall Street Journal states. “But it does mean that senior management must define how the company as a whole will do business in a digital economy. It means they must lead the IT initiatives that cut across all business lines. And it means they must resolve issues that local interests cannot resolve—like what data and processes will be standardized company-wide.”

CIOs continue to have the majority of influence on the collaborative cloud purchasing process, followed by CTOs and CSOs. The keyword here is ‘collaborative’. Instead of the previous process, CIOs are evaluating and choosing the right technologies, innovations, and solutions for their business, then occasionally involving the CEO or CFO towards the end of the process for final approval. Cloud services and digital innovation evaluations are increasingly taking place around a boardroom table with respective heads of marketing, sales, HR, and operations playing a big part in these discussions.

No longer are the days when the IT department held all of the company’s data center insights. Everyone around the boardroom table will have great knowledge of technology as it applies to their department. You might even consider employing a chief digital officer role, who would understand the innovations the organization needs in order to compete and thrive in the new digital economy.

In summary, it’s important to continue to utilize the CTO/CIO’s strong understanding of the cloud options and their knowledge of your data and application inventory. However, to successfully migrate to the cloud, their role will increasingly become more collaborative, with decisions on what cloud services to adopt heavily influencing the business as a whole.

The key to a successful collaborative effort is an open dialogue and the free-flow of ideas and content.

If you’ve decided to use cloud technology to move important metrics in your company, be sure to download and share this resource focused on getting started with a cloud migration with your IT team.