As the private cloud becomes more popular there is a greater likelihood that companies or individuals that don't understand it will try to use it. This isn't necessarily a problem for those that know what they're doing with the cloud, but it can blur the numbers on cloud approval rates. Unfortunately, there's nothing in the world that works without people understanding what they're trying to do with it. Companies that want to adopt the cloud need a game plan for how their implementation will change their business. In the end, it is those groups that decide to move to the cloud out of necessity, growth potential or unique opportunities will succeed.
Gartner's recent survey asking people what was wrong with their cloud yielded an insight into why people's clouds aren't satisfying them. The clear majority had a problem with changing the operational model of their work with regard to the cloud. In this instance it isn't the cloud itself that is failing the organization. Instead, it's the group's inability to deal with the new way they should work with the cloud in order to realize its benefits. The private cloud allows organizations a large amount of agility. It lets employees and administrators communicate and collaborate more effectively. This means that groups are able to pick up and drop projects quickly, eliminating a lot of wasted time and overhead. However, this can only happen if the company is ready to make these kinds of changes. Those that are stuck in older management styles will find themselves unable to benefit from this change.
Administrative finesse is necessary for the cloud to succeed
In effect, the cloud can be a litmus test for the efficiency of a company's management processes. Those that have agile administration and are effective at discarding old projects while continually realigning the actions of the company towards its vision will find the cloud useful. Part of the problem may be that many who are moving to the cloud are doing so without expert advice, noted Barb Darrow if Gigaom in reaction to the study. A lack of expertise could definitely hinder movement to the private cloud. Due to the inherent complexity of setting up a private cloud and the amount of ways it can be used by a company, partnering with a premium cloud vendor is a good idea. Cloud providers that have expert staff on call to support companies as they move to the cloud are better able to help their clients make sure their new system works for them.
The issue, then, isn't with the cloud itself, but the expertise involved in setting it up and utilizing it. Organizations that are moving to the cloud should be sure everyone is on the same page. A company should be sure of how and why it wants to use the private cloud. moving forward onto a platform without understanding it cloud potentially lead a group into trouble as they struggle to figure out a reason for having it. Thankfully, the private cloud lends itself toward many different opportunities. Taking advantage of mobile computing, allowing for instants spin-ups and spin-downs of private servers to test software, and similar use cases make the private cloud compelling to many organizations. It just that those who are going to use it should know why first. Once that is established, it is easier to train employees on cloud use, and to integrate it into the common workflow of the company. It is this kind of measured approach that will allow people the best use of the benefits of cloud computing.