Greetings, cloud aficionados! My name is Jenny Allen, Marketing Manager for 10th Magnitude, and your new host of The Manhattans Project. I’m a journalist-turned-marketer from Washington, D.C. and came to 10th Magnitude by way of a large IT solutions company also here in Chicago.
In this episode of The Manhattans Project, I sat down with 10th Magnitude Business Development Managers Charles Schwenger and Miran Baric. We talked about various paths to the cloud, best practices for cloud adoption and a few tools 10th Magnitude uses to make the process go as smoothly as possible for our clients.
Also, don’t touch that dial because at the end of our chat, we’ve added a fun, new element to the series that’s sure to provide some laughs.
With that said, here are some highlights from our conversation and check out the full video at the bottom of the page:
Jenny Allen: “Miran, you’re relatively new to 10th Magnitude, but have a lot of IT experience under your belt.
We like to use the term ‘data center transformation.’ It sounds really intense and I think a lot of clients are reticent to change and are intimidated by the cloud. What is one of the myths or [misconceptions] that decision-makers have about cloud adoption and how do you help dispel those myths?”
Miran Baric: “The biggest [misconception] is speed. A lot of companies—and I lived in the private data center world for a while and then went to the hybrid world—a lot of companies, they built their data centers over decades, which means that experience came with decades, as well. Now they’re beginning this shift to, ‘We can have what we’ve built over decades and we can do it in a matter of months, let’s say, but not only do we get what we had, but we also are leveraging new technologies, new systems that we never thought we could possibly do.’
We don’t necessarily have a ‘technical debt’—we can plug-and-play some features that we never thought possible before that allow us to create new revenue lines or create massive efficiencies. Which then circles back into this beautiful notion [that] technology teams can now become focused on what is going to be useful for business and how they can leverage it, rather than trying to resolve issues like patching.”
Jenny: “Do you guys ever have to quell any fears of—a lot of people think when you adopt the cloud that, they’re going to lose their job. How do you help quell the fears of certain IT folks—generally director or lower—that that’s not going to happen and that they’re actually going to be able to focus more on projects that matter, instead of just keeping the lights on and things running?”
Miran: “Well, the reality is—if they don’t—they will lose their jobs because their competitors will take over anyway. There are a hundred examples out there in the world [of] breakout industries [that] organizations have ‘disrupted’ as they like to call it. One has to think, ‘Okay, if we don’t do this, where will I be in—it could be a couple of years, right?’ If they’re going at such a speed, a competitor can quite comfortably take over and suddenly you’re not going to have a job.
It’s a not a case of, ‘Well, I can just move to another organization.’ There’s that almost what we call ‘fear,’ which isn’t fair. The best way to look at it is you’re not removed from your job—what you’re doing is you’re enabling and becoming an asset to the business, as opposed to a cost. You’re becoming an asset—what you do now becomes something that enables the rest of the organization.”
Charles Schwenger: “I think to that point—a lot of it is breaking through the cultural gap. If you think about a lot of folks who have been managing their existing infrastructure for so long, they’re used to that role, they’re used to that job. With the entrance of cloud, people say, ‘Oh, change means change in my job, which means that’s threatening my job.’ It’s not necessarily that. You look at people and extract them from that situation and say, ‘Do you want to be just focusing on burning down your backlog? Do you want to be focused on doing back maintenance?’ Or if we can take care of all that with cloud—if there are core components that are being taken care of—can you focus your time on innovating? How can you create new revenue-generating opportunities for the business?”
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