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7 warnings to heed before a cloud migration

Sharon Gaudin | Oct. 12, 2015
Veterans of cloud deployments offer tips about hardware, legacy systems and staff.

6. Code once, deploy twice

Ariel Kelman, vice president of worldwide marketing at AWS, warned that IT managers need to make sure that they're coding as efficiently, across networks, as they can.

"Companies, especially enterprises, want to use the cloud as an extension of their on-premise network," he said. "If you're a developer, you should be able to deploy your apps so you don't have to code them differently if they're on premise or on the cloud."

7. Moving to the cloud will be harder without the right people in the right jobs

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John Trujillo,  assistant vice president of technology at Pacific Life Insurance Co. Credit: Sharon Gaudin/Computerworld

Several IT managers at the conference talked about the changing roles that IT staffers will have to take once an enterprise moves to the cloud.

John Trujillo, assistant vice president of technology at Pacific Life Insurance Co., said figuring out what jobs won't be needed, who can take on new roles and who needs more training will be key to a clean migration and cloud run.

"You have to re-evaluate the way you're organized," he said. "The old organizational structures don't apply. If you have a firewall person and a storage person, those jobs are now on a dashboard that a single engineer can adjust. What's the best way to be organized with these new capabilities?"

Robert Mahowald, an analyst with IDC, said rethinking workers' roles and skills has to be part of the migration.

"People who have had traditional roles will need to be retrained or repurposed or reskilled," he said. "We've found there's a 50% skills gap between here's where you want to be in two years, and here's where are your skills are today."


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