Convincing the Workforce to Get On Board with Cloud

March 28th, 2013 by - 18,386 views

As the cloud computing market grows, business decision-makers around the world are recognizing the potential benefits associated with leveraging the services in the workplace. By using the cloud, companies of all sizes can reduce costs, improve operations and enhance collaboration between off-site employees, road warriors and the increasingly popular teleworkers. Despite these advantages, some individuals are still hesitant to adopt the cloud, largely because it is unfamiliar territory.

Convincing the workforce to get on board with cloud

Convincing the workforce to get on board with cloud

The cloud represents major change for all businesses, enabling organizations to do more with less. While some companies experience implementation challenges, many of these obstacles are associated with people and processes, not necessarily the technology itself, according to a report by ReadWriteWeb. This means that the cloud is relatively easy to deploy in the workplace – once executives get employees on board.

Overcoming resistance to change can sometimes be difficult. By demonstrating to individuals that the way they currently work is outdated and inefficient, decision-makers may have better luck convincing the workforce that implementing a cloud infrastructure can be extremely effective.

The old ways no longer work
The saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” rings true in the enterprise, as many employees cling to outdated practices, despite the presence of advanced technologies capable of improving efficiency. The emergence of cloud services in particular offers businesses the chance to automate processes and implement new best practices that will augment operations, ReadWriteWeb noted.

Other employees will stick with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” routine, noting that the presence of tools used to improve efficiency doesn’t mean companies have to conform. Unfortunately, the real problems lie with apathy and not doing anything, the news source said. If an organization neglects the cloud, it will become increasingly difficult to stay competitive in today’s economy, especially because that firm will have trouble capturing, storing and analyzing big data – one of the key differentiators between a successful enterprise and one that is doomed to experience challenges.

If enterprises do not optimize performance, they will not be able to support an efficient workforce and will suffer revenue losses due to increased expenses and unsatisfied customers.

Old habits die hard
Some employees are simply stubborn and hold onto legacy tools because they’re comfortable. People today are familiar with the way things work and fear change. While this is reasonable, executives need to take charge and inform employees that holding onto the past will hinder their company from having a future.

A small group of individuals may even suggest migrating to the cloud is risky. Fortunately, security within the hosted services has been evolving so implementing a cloud infrastructure is often safer than using outdated technologies, ReadWriteWeb noted.

A report by IDC highlighted how enterprises around the world are investing in cloud solutions, with spending on public cloud services expanding at a compound annual growth rate of more than 26 percent between 2012 and 2016, increasing from $40 billion to nearly $100 billion. This development is nearly five times the rate of the overall IT landscape, suggesting that businesses around the world need to invest in the cloud to stay competitive with rival firms.

“The IT industry is in the midst of an important transformative period as companies invest in the technologies that will drive growth and innovation over the next two to three decades,” said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC.

By planning ahead and convincing the workforce of the benefits of the cloud, decision-makers must get employees on board with deployment plans if their organization is to succeed in the long run. Highlighting the need to transform legacy systems will likely shed some light on the true advantages and opportunities associated with the cloud.

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