Welcome to September’s Cloud Core 👋
I wanted to loop you in on some golden insights we snagged from a recent event in Sweden.
We were joined by home appliance heavyweights Electrolux, plus our pals at Microsoft.
They really spilled the beans (insert joke about an Electrolux washing machine) on their cloud journeys. They cooked up a storm (sorry), and the takeaways were really worth hoovering up (last one I promise).
Spoiler alert: They didn’t talk about washing machines, ovens or hoovers.
(They did talk about time machines).
Here’s the key points:
🤔 Reasons for cloud are changing.
Besides the usual suspects like agility and innovation, things like sustainability, talent access, security, and the shift from CapEx to Opex are nudging teams to cloud.
🧠 Skills are a game-changer, not a tick-box
Think communities and gamification. And guess what? It's not just for the low or mid-level talent. Leaders need the knowledge to call the shots.
🤨 “CCoE but for me”
Establishing a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) is essential, but the setup should vary based on your org structure.
🔒 Security on lock, but not restrictive
The tools, automation, and partners for round-the-clock monitoring, plus how to keep tabs on OpenAI.
🚀 A time machine would be good
Finally, they went all DeLorean on us: if they could go back in time, what would they do differently in cloud?
Look, I’ve really only scratched the surface of what the guys had to say, but we’ve picked out some of the most important stuff in this easy-to-read infographic, so check it out.
Whether you’re navigating a tricky phase in your cloud journey or gearing up for a migration, their tips are pure gold.
[Some of the experts also joined our most recent Cloud Core podcast to chat about their experiences - so you can listen here.]
📢 Cloud quote of the month
"When I started, I was very cautious. Understand the bureaucracy of the organisation and use it to your advantage – and just go ahead.”
- Kaveh Djavaherian, Global Director of Cloud at Electrolux
See what he means here.
🤔 What’s going on at Google Cloud?
Using Google Cloud or thinking about it?
Well, last week, we were joined by Stefan from Google, giving his expert inside view from the recent Google Cloud Next event.
He shared his 5 hottest takeaways - think AI, data, security and more - and what it all means for businesses like yours.
And we pulled them into this cool interactive Google graphic so you can flick through the key points.
👋 A raise of hands
Hands up who went on a flight this summer?
Hands up whose flight was also delayed?
Did you know cloud can really play its part in predicting or reducing flight delays?
Well, it can. So read this.
📰 What we’ve been talking about this month
❤️ Some news from us
In case you missed it, our founder and CEO Fernando Herrera recently stepped down, and Jan Kritz took the reins as our new CEO.
3 facts about Jan:
He’s a great guy.
He has an outstanding champagne collection.
He has an outstanding shirt collection.
We can’t wait to see what Jan has in store for our next chapter.
🗓️ Some dates for your diary:
- 🇳🇴 19 October - Oslo: Cloud Elevate
We’re teaming up with AWS to shine a spotlight on Generative AI, and how to inject real intelligence into cloud journeys, with a guest speaker from DNB. Join us.
- 🇸🇪 🌏 26 October - Stockholm & Online: Azure Open AI - Don’t just play, make it pay
If you’re sick of Gen AI 101 articles and webinars and want practical ideas to take back to your colleagues – this is the event for you. Hear from experts who are actually deploying successful OpenAI POCs right now. Sign up here.
🎧 Something to listen to in the home office
The leaves are turning, the sun is lower and deeper. And you’ve got Earth, Wind and Fire. Bliss.
Thanks for reading,
I’ll be back with more fresh thoughts next month.
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