There’s an apartment that I pass everyday on the first floor of my building that has the most horrific skeleton staring at me through the window. It was there well before the Fall season, so I can’t tell if it’s a year-round decoration or if it was an early start to Halloween festivities. Regardless, it makes me want to take the longer route around the other side of my building. It’s not efficient for me, but I’m willing to take the detour.
This circumstance reminded me of a lot of conversations I’ve had over the last few years with leaders, whether in the IT department or on the business side of their organization. When I first became interested in this industry, cloud technology scared people. They were scared of security, of reliability, of access, and change – so they took a detour.
They stuck with the old way of doing things and didn’t get to take advantage of mobility, of scalability, and all the other amazing transformations that these systems have allowed us to do.
Luckily most of those people have now made the transition to cloud, but plenty are still out there...picking one by one through their folders for a certain email chain, and waiting on conference lines for the person on the other end to figure out the PIN number for the call. If you’re someone who is waiting for the right capability to come along so you can ditch the detours and take a leap to the faster way of work, I’ve picked out four things that used to scare me as an end user, but don’t anymore.