CarverTC Cloud Computing Blog

How to Get Cloud IT Projects Approved [Video]

Posted by Bob Carver on Jun 26, 2017 5:01:17 PM

Success or failure of a cloud computing project, be it a simple SaaS implementation, or a complex legacy application migration, or anything in between will hinge on the technical knowledge, skills, and training of your IT staff. What many CIOs and aspiring cloud project managers don't realize is that winning approval to even start a cloud project can be one of the most difficult cloud computing tasks. Further complicating this is the fact that technical knowledge is not the most valuable asset in overcoming this cloud challenge. How you present the project, how you sell it, is the secret sauce for getting cloud projects approved. We wrote a popular article on this topic a little while back, but we decided to summarize the key points in this video. Enjoy!

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Topics: Cloud Project Planning

4 Ways to Get the Skills Needed for Cloud IT Projects [Analysis]

Posted by Bob Carver on Jun 12, 2017 5:30:48 PM

Tam Harbert recently wrote a good article in Computerworld where she detailed the different approaches five enterprise organizations are taking to upskill their IT staff to prepare for the cloud and other 'future IT' projects. The goal of the article was how organizations skill up their existing staff for cloud, and when they should hire fresh. Since we consult on cloud strategy, planning, and implementation, provide IT staffing, and offer cloud computing training, we see three different perspectives on this issue. We felt these four of these approaches deserved further analysis based on our experience. In this article, we're going to examine four of the ways described to get the skills needed for cloud IT projects. We'll talk about the benefits, and risks of each based on our experience, with the goal of helping you decide which approach, or a combination of approaches might be best. 

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Topics: Cloud Project Planning, Cloud Computing Careers

Sales and Presentation Skills Are Key for Getting Cloud Projects Approved

Posted by Bob Carver on Jan 9, 2017 5:46:18 PM

Success or failure of a cloud computing project, be it a simple SaaS implementation, or a complex legacy application migration, or anything in between will hinge on the technical knowledge, skills, and training of your IT staff. What many CIOs and aspiring cloud project managers don't realize is that winning approval to even start a cloud project can be one of the most difficult cloud computing tasks. Further complicating this is the fact that technical knowledge is not the most valuable asset in overcoming this cloud challenge. How you present the project, how you sell it, is the secret sauce for getting cloud projects approved. In this article we'll break down the issues, how sales and presentation skills help, and give you strategies to start honing those skills so that you can get approval for your next cloud project.

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Topics: Cloud Project Planning, Sales and Presentation Skills