Sidebar: How cloud computing reshapes the business

When companies strategically adopt cloud computing, the impact ripples throughout the organization. Below is an overview of how things change and what the executive team considers in the transformation.

  • Strategy. Companies reassess their strategy, looking at where cloud can accelerate projects or enable them to take advantage of new opportunities. They also look at how they are currently using cloud computing in the organization.
  • People. Cloud computing moves organizations toward a service focus, rather than a functional one. As such, they begin reassessing their talent needs. For example, they look at IT staff and consider whether they have or can develop the IT architects they will need to design and manage cloud services.
  • Processes. Changes to processes may be significant. For example, research and development will need to align more tightly with IT, as project planning and deployments are accelerated with cloud. Likewise, in a company’s finance organization there may be changes to how profitability, budgeting, and depreciation are handled.
  • Technology. Regarding technology, new issues include how to address data security and governance in the cloud model, as well as how to support the business as it assumes more of a service focus.
  • Structure. Changes in the organization’s processes may also affect how the organization is structured. For example, consider the impact that rapid and inexpensive deployment of technology could have on product development. How do governance models remain relevant and intact?