Senior Client Partner
Cloud services: Enabling new technologies and markets
Cloud services are at the center of emerging technology, facilitating how data is stored, analyzed, and consumed in today’s evolving as-a-service economy. It’s hard to overstate the impact – cloud services have leveled the playing field between large and small businesses, reducing the need for large capital expenses in exchange for highly scalable, consumption-based offerings. Mature business models are being disrupted and new industries are emerging, causing every business to re-evaluate their positioning in the marketplace.
Whether operating as a cloud services provider, or a consumer of cloud services, companies are in need of executives that understand the business impact of the cloud, and also possess the technical acumen to capture their respective opportunities. These cloud leaders are innovative, and often have a track record of incorporating emerging technology to adapt and enable new business processes.
Cloud executives come in every different functional flavor—CTO, Chief Architect, Head of Engineering, Head of Product Management, Head of Sales, etc.—but the common facet that connects the successful ones is their ability to bridge the gap between technical capabilities and solving business problems. Strong cloud executives tend to find a balance between staying sharp in their own area of functional expertise, while also staying abreast of trends within the broader industry. The ability to collaborate with other business leaders, and not just other technologists, is critical.
While cloud computing enables exponential connectivity for people and devices, it also raises the need for security awareness. Today’s cloud leaders need to understand the implications of the connected world and think about cyber security as something that needs to be incorporated into every offering or service, not just a separate function within the IT group.
Just because a candidate looks good on paper does not mean they will succeed at a company. Some executives thrive in fast-paced and nimble environments, while others require the structure and process offered by a larger firm. Understanding the experience sets and behavioral traits of potential candidates is critical to both predict their success in a role and organization, as well as highlight areas to focus professional development and coaching. Attracting top cloud talent is a difficult task in this competitive market, but ensuring they are also the right cultural fit for your organization is a component that cannot be taken lightly.