As a technologist, I can get the cloud technology to work. Always. But the ability to change the culture to adapt to cloud technology is what’s hard, and, in some cases, impossible.

It’s important to understand your own culture and what changes need to be made around the adoption of cloud computing. A team of authors from IBM agree with me on this point. In their latest release, The Cloud Adoption Playbook, they say what many of us already knew:

Many companies adopt cloud computing to support innovation and rapid change. However, those companies may not understand the fundamental cultural changes needed to make this adoption work long-term.

I often think of Jack Nicholson from A Few Good Men, when he stated, “You can’t handle the truth!” Replace “truth” with “cloud,” and you have pretty much have the message these days to companies that are thinking well above their cultural capabilities.

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