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Hu­mans do not like change, be­cause at the very root of our ex­is­tence, like an­i­mals, we want to adapt to our en­vi­ron­ment and thrive in it for as long as we can. The com­plex­ity of hu­man life sim­ply does not al­low us to en­joy the same type of con­sis­tency and sta­bil­ity as an­i­mal life.

The fa­ble by Spencer John­son: Who Moved My Cheese? (1998), cap­tures that mo­ment when we re­alise the world of tech­nol­ogy is con­stantly chang­ing, and we are afraid to adapt or change along with it be­cause of our truest na­ture.

The story in­volves four char­ac­ters who live in a maze and are hap­pily thriv­ing be­cause they have found a huge source of their favourite food, cheese. Two of the char­ac­ters have built their lives around the big cheese and, when it dis­ap­pears, feel they are the vic­tim of fraud or theft. They cling to their loss and in­evitably go hun­gry. Mean­while, the other two quickly ac­cept the loss and move on to find new cheese.

John­son's mes­sage is, for some, the fu­ture only holds fear and all good things were in the past, but in­stead of see­ing change as the end of some­thing, we must learn to see it as a be­gin­ning. The same ap­plies to the adap­ta­tion to cloud. En­ter­prise IT is still a lit­tle sus­pi­cious of the lack of con­trol cloud rep­re­sents. But like the char­ac­ters in John­son's book, it is time to em­brace the change. In fact, there are many ben­e­fits in­volved in mov­ing to the cloud.

By us­ing cloud ap­pli­ca­tions, you ben­e­fit from many cloud prod­ucts, lower cost, im­proved se­cu­rity and man­age­ment con­trols al­low­ing you to stream­line busi­ness and in­crease prof­itabil­ity.

Chang­ing to the cloud will free up your IT depart­ment, giv­ing them a new lease on life, like de­liv­er­ing more ef­fi­ciently, be­ing more ag­ile and re­duc­ing the costs in­curred for IT, who can now spend more money on build­ing a bet­ter cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

"If you do not change, you can be­come ex­tinct"

As an ac­cep­ta­tion of the re­al­ity one of the char­ac­ters in John­son's book writes this on the wall of the maze: "If you do not change, you can be­come ex­tinct." In busi­ness terms, this means: If you don’t learn to adapt to change, your com­pany will not grow.

The char­ac­ters in the book who ac­cepted the change didn't over­anal­yse or over­com­pli­cate things. When the sit­u­a­tion changed and the cheese was moved, they changed and moved with the cheese, and you need to do it too. ■

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