Don’t let company politics derail your cloud plans

It’s Tuesday morning. You’re running a multi-million-dollar cloud transformation project, moving more than a thousand workloads to the public cloud. You’re called into a meeting and told that your budget has been frozen until finance, legal, and compliance have had a chance to review the project. You’ll be in waiting mode for as long as six months — so much for that cloud transformation project.

Unfortunately, that scenario is not rare. To avoid it happening to you, find a path through the corporate politics, using creativity and a bit of psychology. Here are some tips:

First, make sure you broadly share your plans. That means including finance, legal, operations, compliance, R&D, and any other organizations that may end up blocking your progress. You’ll find that people and organizations are blocking progress because they are asserting their authority, and they are doing so because they believe they were left out of the process. Be as inclusive as possible. 

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