Culture as code – why cloud transformation is a people matter

A successful cloud transformation is about mindsets, processes and cultural behaviour, as much as technology. Cloud migration has become mainstream. Companies in all sectors have cloud strategies and many papers have already been published. So why another?

In our experience, the transformational potential of cloud is often misunderstood and universally underrated. Cloud is not a destination – it is about how you do computing, not where you do computing. A ‘lift and shift’ cloud migration may deliver short-term benefits, such as scale and elasticity but, if it is not accompanied by a business transformation, it will engender a complex IT estate in the short term and result in the legacy system of tomorrow. Why?

Moving to the cloud is about doing different things, but, more importantly, it is also about doing things differently. Technology is a people business – it is people who develop technology and people who use it. Cloud heralds a new dawn in the way technology is designed, managed and deployed. Modern technology is no longer confined to back-office processing but is at the beating heart of everything a business does. In some sectors, such as financial services, technology is the business.

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Karl Havard

Head of Google Cloud Alliance