Re: Cloud Whispering: Beyond Force-Feeding IT Staff
Different organizations certainly move at different paces. Just because your neighbor moved this or that to the cloud, that doesn't mean it's the right time for you to - and just because a certain method worked for getting their staff on board, that doesn't mean it will work for your staff. You've spoken and written before, Jonathan, about how important it is to build a strong culture of teamwork, and to understand how the moving parts of your team's machine work together. That seems very relevant here. At organizations where compliance or security are king (financial, government), valid staff concerns may be based around these topics - but, these may also open some new opportunities for specific problems that the cloud can help solve. Your DR example is spot-on.
There's also the ever-present topic of new skills to be learned. If we're not talking about cloud, maybe we're talking about SDN, or the other "next big thing". Many organizations report problems attracting cloud and other specialists. Showing existing staff that they can take the reigns on these topics instead of a new hire can be part of 'showing them the path'. Paying for training or certs on the company dime, showing them the potential for advancement within the organization, and breeding a culture that allows experimentation and accepts the hit-or-miss nature of learning new skills 'on the fly' all play a role here. Then, you only need to worry about filling the lower-level roles they moved up from (for which there are no shortage of willing candidates). Everyone wins.