On Cloud Adoption

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Ben Kepes | September 25, 2012 9:00 am

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One of my regular themes when talking about the cloud are the barriers to adoption or, to put it more coarsely, how we can remove the friction and allow more organizations to enjoy the benefits that the cloud can bring. It’s an area that a number of my colleagues talk about also – we pundits have the advantage of time to explore and enjoy the benefits that cloud brings, but we remain aware of the fact that many within organizations, pounding the realities of nine-to-five, don’t have the same visibility.

It was interesting then to read a post[3] on the Appirio blog that referenced a report written by respected enterprise software commentator Michael Krigsman. In the paper Krigsman focused on the importance of user adoption in the quest for business goals.

Some key takeaways from the post, and Krigsman’s research include:

Clearly adoption of a new project is a result of myriad factors, but one of the key things to remember is that it is the non-technological human factors that are often the blockers to a successful project. By focusing on these issues an organization gives itself the best possible chance of success.

Endnotes:
  1. CloudU certificate program: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/cloudu/curriculum
  2. here: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/blog/author/ben-kepes/feed/
  3. post: http://blog.appirio.com/2012/09/adoption-key-to-cloud-success.html

Source URL: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/on-cloud-adoption/