Five tips for CIOs moving to the cloud

CIOs making strategic moves to the cloud that involve core infrastructure such as productivity tools, enterprise applications or collaboration capabilities need to be prepared for a new way of thinking and operating.

Moving to the cloud isn’t – and shouldn’t be – business as usual. It’s a switch that demands fresh attitudes to procurement, accounting, project management and, more than anything, ways of working.

This is the biggest shift in computing architecture since client/server and inevitably there will be surprises along the way but best practices and case studies are emerging. Based on over a decade of operating with companies moving to the cloud, these can be usefully stilled down to the following:

  1. Communicate. Any change in IT can lead to confusion. You need to have a strong business case for the Board to get buy-in at the highest levels and this support will help mute any broader …