The phrase “Fear No Cloud” originated as a marketing campaign from our HPE peers across the pond. The purpose of this campaign was to generate market awareness for our global hybrid cloud services. However, the more we heard this term, the less it sounded like marketing speak and more like a brilliant way to depict the message we instill in our clients every day: With the proper communication, training and team enablement, you can foster change advocates throughout your organization, who will be critical to the success of your cloud program.
Time and again, we find that the majority of cloud initiatives inadequately invest resources to address the most common obstacle: people’s natural response to resist, and even obstruct, technology and process change. At the root of this resistance lies fear: fear of job loss; fear of steep learning curves; fear of losing one’s career identity; fear of the unknown; and fear of failure. This fear is only natural given the disruptive nature of the cloud.
This realization isn’t new. In our spring 2017 Doppler Quarterly edition, Navigating the Cloud’s Most Challenging Blocker: Your People, we discussed how to decrease team anxiety during times of change. And in our winter 2018 Doppler Quarterly edition, The Cloud’s Latest Dirty Little Secret, we looked at how the automation in hyperscale cloud platforms can render a large percentage of the operational staff unnecessary, and therefore suddenly at risk of workforce reduction.
At CTP, we understand the most important part of your cloud program is your people. Therefore, learning how to alleviate your team’s common fears, and support them through continuous enablement is critical. To succeed in the cloud game, you must attract and retain the best people in your industry. In fact, investing in a strategic talent enablement program will pay dividends now and well into the future.
Fear No Cloud is more than just a bold slogan; it is a call to action. Don’t underestimate the fundamental components of communication, training and team enablement. From the front line IT warriors who battle for innovation, to the unsung heroes consistently behind the scenes of daily successes, understanding and capitalizing on the power of your people will be key to your cloud journey.
Your cloud program will not run itself. But give your team the resources they need, and success will follow.