Moving to the Cloud: Empower Your Team

When organizations begin to consider making the transition to cloud based technologies, there are several things that will require change. The most apparent change will of course be the technology itself. That is where a majority of senior leadership’s focus will reside. Leadership must decide which platform to go with, as well as which partner to help them get there. With so many moving parts during this evolutionary time, one key aspect sometimes gets overlooked- the changes that can, and will, arise in your technical team.

There are a couple of ways that a company can address this, but it must start with a change in the way the company thinks from top to bottom. My colleague, John Abele, touches on how Senior Leadership must evoke a Culture Change when looking to adopt cloud technologies in his recent blog post. In short, he highlights how it is important to demonstrate the value of cloud concepts and their abilities to streamline and make an organization more efficient.

Here are a few ways a company’s team can transform with their technology:

The first would be to add cloud focused professionals full time during or after making the transition to the cloud. This can be a necessity for some enterprise level organizations, or if you are an organization really looking to continue to optimize your environment within the cloud. Having dedicated cloud professionals on your staff will allow you to continue to add value to your organization through the many tools associated with the technology added. The downside to this is that these professionals are in very high demand. You can contact professional cloud recruiters, such as Relus Cloud’s Talent Delivery Division, to get an understanding of what some top cloud talent can do for your organization.

The second option would be to offer the cloud training to your current tech team to ensure they are full equipped to manage and maintain the new environment. While this may not always be the quickest solution, it can add a new sense of ownership and pride across your team that will help them get on board with the transition. It not only adds value within your organization by having cloud trained professionals, but it also allows your team to develop professionally. One thing that we at Relus Cloud pride ourselves on is the ability to train clients’ teams during the engagement as well as identify areas that would need further bolstering afterwards.

A third option would be to plan for the future by creating what has been aptly dubbed a “Cloud Factory”. This is a long-term solution, but could be the most cost effective from a stakeholder standpoint. This entails hiring more junior level team members (or even recent grads) that may have some initial training in Java development and from there training them up to grow within cloud technologies. Not only will this allow you to have a team that is focused in the exact technologies that your company needs, but it will also allow you to raise your retention rate as these more junior members will feel a sense of ownership within the knowledge of the team. This can also combat some of the hesitancy of senior team members who may be more stuck in their ways and resistant to change.

Realistically, a company can benefit the most by engaging in a mixture of the aforementioned strategies. Much like the process of selecting new tools and technologies within the cloud, a company must look at available options and decide which works best given the situation they are in currently. Luckily, there are companies like Relus Cloud  that can help train current employees, find gaps in knowledge/talent, and augment staff both temporarily and permanently to make sure your transition to the cloud is as successful as possible!