The career advancement playbook - Cloud edition

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Your CEO is ready to be convinced about the merits of Cloud solutions. He just needs to be reminded about its power to achieve tactical transformations. The following tip sheet from IBM shows how you can convince your CEO about the Cloud.

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The career advancement playbook - Cloud edition

  1. 1. Your CEO is ready to be convinced about the merits of cloud solutions. He just needs to be reminded about its power to achieve tactical transformations. Here are seven things you can say to him. “IT is no longer just the digital plumbing of the business. We can now manage data better, collaborate better, and grow in new markets via cloud. We can also build you that bespoke KPI dashboard app you’ve asked for.” Remind him that technology should change the game, not get in the way. “Cloud will bring our board closer to customers and that will mean our people are always on tap while on the road. Plus we can share the latest internet trends in real time.” Tell him that the business can be made more flexible and productive. “The customer has more power and influence than ever. Deeper, data-led customer insights will make us more responsive and enable us to offer services others can’t. Yes, foresight and science, finally coming together.” Promise that he will know what customers think and want before they do. “Helping our people collaborate better will strengthen ties between departments and empower our frontline to do more for customers. And if they refuse, the next time you suggest replacing them with machines wouldn’t be just an idle threat.” Stress the merits of a more open and networked workforce. “We’ll be more robust in the cloud with less service downtime and better data security. Also, you won’t have to identify scapegoats as often in future.” Main source: IBM’s Leading Through Connections: Insights from the Global Chief Executive Officer Study Tell him he won’t have to worry about securing customer data and precious IP. “Others will use technology to disrupt our business unless we beat them to it. Putting cloud at the centre of the business will give us the tools and flexibility to exploit the opportunities technology offers. I can see you being interviewed by major publications about it already.” Remind him the business must master technology or be at the mercy of rivals. “We can transform our supply chain by sharing more information with partners. By working with sector peers on co-operative projects via cloud. Your higher industry profile will also mean gushing magazine profiles and brand new opportunities.” Tap his desire for external partnerships. The Career-Advancement Playbook: Cloud Edition. ibm.com/cloud This is cloud on a Smarter Planet.

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