The Journey to the Cloud is a State of Mind
Once CIOs are able to see the use-case for their specific organization, it’s as if there’s a mindset ‘switch’ that gets flipped.
By John Blair ,
Blair Technology Solutions inc.
Since the platform was announced publicly in early 2019, I have talked with hundreds of CIOs across companies of all sizes. Three things became radically apparent:
- The misnomer that cloud solutions for IBM Power Systems can only be used as a cost-saving measure.
- The hesitant mindset some CIOs have about investing in cloud technology.
- The trepidation around everything related to security.
Common questions that frame this conversation sound like:
- How much money will I save by moving to the cloud?
- Is the cloud a safe place for my critical data & apps?
- Is performance the same?
- Will we be compliant with data residency regulations?
And finally, although it isn’t a question, the hesitant mindset adopted by many CIOs is the major underlying factor driving these conversations. As the internal champion, they’re highly concerned about cost, security and performance.
These questions highlight the need to support CIOs and other decision makers as they internally champion cloud solutions for IBM Power Systems. At Blair Technology Solutions, we’ve seen businesses benefit by improving disaster recovery (DR) economics to reduce costs, while becoming more resilient in the process. Others have built compute cycle automations that allow them to fully take advantage of the scalability of the pay-as-you-use billing offered by cloud solutions.
Once CIOs are able to see the use-case for their specific organization, it’s as if there’s a mindset ‘switch’ that gets flipped. They’re on board. This underscores the importance of mapping out the cloud journey on a per-business basis to ensure they’re applying the right use-case.
As I sit here in 2020, looking at a world changing more quickly than ever before, I can’t help but to feel excited. Seeing organizations run a small test environment in the cloud to prove out a use-case for their company, while shifting their mindset is why I do what I do. Cloud solutions for IBM Power Systems is changing the way businesses grow, how CIOs make decisions and is empowering a workforce that is highly educated and ambitious.
Let’s see what comes next.
John Blair is the President and CEO of Blair Technology Solutions. He founded Blair Technology Solutions 25 years ago in order to help companies across the globe transform their businesses by making the complex simple.
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