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IT and Operations Working Together in a Perfect World.

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 | Category: Cloud Computing

Indicators point to the fact that cloud services and solutions are being adopted by businesses at a rapidly growing rate. The industry watchers say growth will continue at double digit rates. But how much of the adoption is coming from collaboration between Operations and IT? It’s a well-known fact that not all the decisions to buy into the cloud are sanctioned or budgeted by the IT department. A popular term describing this is Shadow IT or Stealth IT.   The definition essentially says that people and groups outside of IT are making IT investments without corporate IT involvement.

What prompts the operations personnel to pursue solutions outside IT is generally frustration with getting support from IT to help the operations work more efficiently and productively and across the boundaries of the business – customers and partners. When IT just says no – the cloud is not secure, and then pockets of cloud-based technology start to pop up.   The Operations staff is most often not prepared to understand the risks of being outside solid IT governance.

How do you deal with this? Put on the armor and go to battle with operations and just say no? Or, maybe developing and fostering a team attitude, working cooperatively and collaboratively would be better for the organization and everyone’s stress levels and blood pressure. Adopt the attitude that you’re all one team and work together to create productive and secure environments that help to move the business forward without crushing productivity by simply saying no.

Weidenhammer helps organizations define the right strategy to use the cloud and helps IT understand how to deal with management to fulfill its charter to safeguard the IT assets of the business.

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Rick Phillips

Rick Phillips

Richard P. Phillips is Weidenhammer’s , Vice President, Compute Solutions. He oversees the overall management of the line of business specializing in Network Infrastructure Solutions, Professional Engineering Consulting, IT Management Consulting, Managed Services, and Cloud IT Solutions. Phillips is a graduate of McCann School of Business and Lehigh Data Institute and a member of the Managed Service Provider University (MSPU). Holding numerous systems certifications with IBM, and manufacturing consulting certifications with MAPICS and APICS, he has earned Sales Professional and Technical Sales Professional certifications with VMware. Under his management, Weidenhammer has received the MVP Award from business partner Ingram Micro representing the Eastern Region of the United States.