Cloud Concerns: Employee Skillsets

iland Director of Cloud Market Intelligence Brian Knudtson is joined by guests Jack Bailey, Amy Colyer, and Emad Younis for a conversation around the concerns customers have with their employees skillsets when moving to the cloud. They discuss the legitimacy of this concern, what clouds, if any, reduce the burden of having to retrain your team, and the best advice for building a cloud-conducive skillset. Warning: This episode contains content that is highly inspirational. Change is a constant — embrace it!

Cloud Concerns: Trust

iland Director of Cloud Market Intelligence Brian Knudtson is joined by guests Jon Hildebrand, Shannon Kuehn, and Luigi Danakos for a conversation around the concerns customers have with trusting cloud providers. They discuss how to evaluate a cloud provider based on trust, whether or not an outage should be considered a complete breach of that trust, and what to do if you simply can’t find a provider that is trustworthy. Whether you’re searching for the right cloud provider or listening to this episode, we recommend you start by dipping your toe into the water — the trust should follow.

Cloud Concerns: Application Readiness

iland Director of Cloud Market Intelligence Brian Knudtson is joined by guests Jim Jones, Amit Panchal, and Joe Houghes for a conversation around the concerns customers have with the readiness of their applications in the cloud. They discuss the limits to safely migrating applications to the cloud, how to assess an applications’ cloud readiness, and what customers should expect, and do, if they migrate an application that simply isn’t ready. We’re here to give you a pep talk: It’s okay if you can’t get everything up to the cloud.

Cloud Concerns: Cloud ROI

iland Director of Cloud Market Intelligence Brian Knudtson is joined by guests Emily Omier, Matt Leib, and Marc Beder for a conversation around the concerns customers have with finding a return on investment in the cloud. They discuss how to calculate ROI in the cloud, if the cloud offers a definitively positive or negative ROI, and those cloud costs that frequently get overlooked. Don’t just move to the cloud because it’s the cool thing to do. Make sure it’s the right thing to do — your wallet will thank us.

Cloud Concerns: Support

iland Director of Cloud Market Intelligence Brian Knudtson is joined by guests Christopher Kusek, Jim Jones, and Mike Nelson for a conversation around the concerns customers have with support in the cloud. They discuss how to evaluate your providers’ support, the importance of support documentation vs. human support channels, and when customers should be looking for a more white-glove approach. If you’re testing support when there’s a problem, there’s a problem.

Cloud Concerns: Moving to OpEx

iland Cloud Technologist Brian Knudtson is joined by guests Mark Crawford, Juliana Ramos, and David Klee for a conversation on the concerns customers have about moving to an operating expenses model. They discuss what to expect when shifting from a CapEx to an OpEx model, the fine-print gotchas that should concern customers, and the application-specific ramifications to lookout for. Get your CFO, this is an episode for the whole team.

Cloud Concerns: Availability

iland Director of Cloud Market Intelligence Brian Knudtson is joined by guests Phoummala Schmitt, Jason Shiplett, and Matt Lieb for a conversation on the concerns customers have about availability in the cloud. They discuss why the cloud is not a set-it-and-forget-it scenario, how to plan for eventual failures, how and when to keep cloud service providers honest, and who is ultimately responsible for keeping data secure and available. Afterall, it is your data.