Thank you to all who joined us for the recent fireside chat during last week’s Gartner IT Symposium. Joining me on the panel was CIO Anna Clive and General Manager of Cloud Ben O’Shea from Aussie Broadband, who brought up crucial insights that often get overlooked in the frenzy of transitioning to the cloud. In this post, I’d like to delve deeper into the conversation and reflect on some key takeaways.

Managing Costs and Complexities

One of the first challenges highlighted during the discussion was managing costs and complexities both during and after the migration. A poorly executed migration can be both time-consuming and expensive. Unexpected costs can suddenly make the Cloud ROI less appealing. Anna Clive mentioned that keeping an eye on cost metrics from the start and using tools that provide granular cost analysis can provide a more transparent and controlled migration process.

Bridging the Skills Gap

Ben O’Shea raised an equally significant concern about the skills gap. Adopting a cloud-first strategy often requires new skill sets, from cloud architecture to security compliance. Ben stressed the importance of investing in continuous education and training programs. Creating a culture that values continuous learning can close these gaps more effectively.

Avoiding Vendor Lock-In

I chimed in with another overlooked challenge: vendor lock-in. This is a reminder that many businesses get too enamoured with the promises of a specific cloud service, only to find later that they are too deeply entangled in a particular ecosystem. Making decisions based on short-term needs can make transitioning to another provider later a costly and complicated process. The best way to avoid this is to keep your architecture as agnostic as possible and to have a multi-cloud strategy where it makes sense.

The Upside of Cloud Adoption

Despite these hurdles, as we discussed, transitioning to the cloud brings so many benefits. With the right partner and strategy, cloud adoption can pave the way for innovation, agility, seamless collaboration, and enhanced security. The panel agreed that the benefits outweigh the challenges if companies are proactive in managing these often-overlooked aspects.

Key Takeaways

The fireside chat reinforced that:

  • Transparency in cost management is essential for a smooth cloud transition.
  • Investment in skills training is not optional but a necessity.
  • Vendor agnosticism can save a lot of headaches in the long run.
  • The right cloud strategy can be a game-changer for businesses.


The discussion at the Gartner IT Symposium was a reminder that while the journey to the cloud can be fraught with challenges, it’s the approach and the partners you choose that make all the difference. Preparing for these often-overlooked aspects can make your cloud strategy more resilient and future-proof. After all, the objective is to let businesses focus on what they do best—innovation and delivering value to customers.

Again, Thank you to all the panellists and attendees who made the fireside chat a success. I am looking forward to more such enlightening discussions in the future.

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