In This Chapter
Anticipating cultural issues with the cloud
Identifying low-hanging fruit
Planning for leveraging the cloud
The cloud model has lots of benefits, but there are also many issues — as there are with any new technology. In Chapter 4, we address how to develop a cloud strategy. Assuming you have decided to go with the cloud model, how do you get started? What factors do you need to consider as you begin?
In this chapter, we try to boil it down for you. We start off by examining how to deal with the inevitable cultural issues that arise when you ask people to do things differently. And, although we discuss the risks associated with the cloud throughout the book, we highlight some of the more important ones again because risk assessment needs to be part of getting started. Finally, we talk about some other issues that you may or may not have considered, such as planning your long-term cloud strategy.
Anytime something new comes along, it may take people time to accept it. This was probably the case when zippers were introduced, and it will certainly be the case with the cloud. The reality is that change usually causes people to react. Sometimes they react positively to change, and sometimes this isn't the case.
Because you don't know what might happen, it is important to anticipate issues and plan accordingly.
Generally, issues associated ...