It’s been talked about for years - move to the cloud to be agile, flexible and able to innovate quickly and be less reliant on legacy on-premise systems.  People have dipped in a toe, or toes, but a majority of companies still lean towards legacy - put it this way, there hasn’t been a lot of diving.

There are some enlightened companies out there who are focused 100% on cloud and others successfully mixing cloud with legacy systems and taking advantage of both.  However, a vast majority do not have a cloud strategy and are relying on what they’ve always done. 

There are many reasons for not moving, most of which are weakening, including existing financial commitments and investment, fear of losing control, security and performance.   Also, large and powerful legacy providers continue to develop and aren’t going to relinquish focus easily. 

On the other hand, there are plenty of increasingly powerful reasons to make the move.   The rapidly developing opportunity of AI, machine-learning and data lakes are all cloud based so not being able to access these easily will be limiting.

Consider companies like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google, all offering cloud services and expanding rapidly.  They are showing the market the future of cloud based services and where business should be heading. 

The relentless speed of change is also adding pressure - McKinsey Global Institute estimates this is occurring at ten times the pace of the Industrial Revolution and 300 times the scale, with roughly 3,000 times the impact.  

I suppose the question for all organisations is do they want to be part of this change by focusing on cloud, or not?  

Thomas Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems, sends a warning:

It’s increasingly clear that we’re entering a highly disruptive extinction event. Many enterprises that fail to transform themselves will disappear. The existential threat is exceeded only by the opportunity.

For companies in New Zealand it’s about time to wake up and smell the coffee - the cloud needs to be taken seriously as a gateway for growing opportunities to innovate.  Start talking about it and don’t stop until decision-makers listen.  Can I invite you to dive-in?  Otherwise the risk is you’ll wake up one day confused and wondering what happened?

By Igor Matich

About the author: Igor Matich is the founder and managing director of Dynamo6; a fast-growing, innovative technology company operating from Auckland and Hamilton. Dynamo6 helps NZ organisations re-imagine technology through innovative digital solutions that enable them to work faster, better and smarter.

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