When you start talking to non-tech savvy people about the cloud, they sometimes just nod their head and agree that the cloud sounds like a good idea. The problem that many businesses are encountering is that so many IT professionals are not as well versed on cloud services as they should be. The rapid advances in cloud technology are certainly responsible for this. Some experts suggest that IT knowledge only has a half-life of about 2 years. That means 50% of what you learned in 2 years will be useful or relevant to you today. With the cloud technology sector expanding so quickly, text books and instructors are falling behind the curve. Therefore, what two simple habits can you incorporate into your daily life that will help you become the cloud leader your organization needs?
Read about the Cloud
Think about what your company does on a daily basis and begin reading cloud articles that are applicable to your situation. For example, if your organization is required to abide by HIPAA regulations, staying up to date on companies such as Citrix is recommended, because Citrix is widely recognized as an industry solution that can be configured to be HIPAA compliant. Since you will stay up to date on the latest Citrix news and releases, you can be the first person to pitch an idea that could solve a potentially expensive problem while incorporating the cloud into your environment.
Talk about the Cloud
Make it your daily task to discuss cloud computing with one person regardless of their technical abilities. They could be novices or well-known experts in the field. Either conversation will give you some insight into how people view the cloud. These unique perspectives could help spark the idea you need in order to find the cloud service that could help your organization. Innocent conversations such as “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this” are now easily achieved using cloud services, and many novices may not be aware of this. These positive collaborations can make the difference between an organization that is efficient and successful and an organization that is not.