We’re willing to bet that the cloud is already a part of your workflow—for a few tasks. But working in the cloud with entire projects and teams? All bets are off!
Getting everyone you work with to take full advantage of cloud services, like the ones in Autodesk 360, can seem daunting. It’s not like you can just click your heels, and wake up in the cloud surrounded by your whole team. While no magic exists to make this happen, there are ways to get your team ahead in the cloud (Hint: download this free ebook now, thank us later).
Taking project workflows from the desktop to the cloud is a process. And before you give the side-eye to “it’s a process” (we know, we know... its code for a difficult and time-consuming task), getting your team to work in the cloud can be far less painful than you fear. Move one service at a time, or go at it all at once - however you pace the transition, use these five tips to face the challenge of moving your team to the cloud:
1. Choose the right cloud services for your business. Do you need faster rendering or simulation? Easier project collaboration? More data storage? Look at particular pain points and start with cloud services that will deliver immediate benefits. Increased mobility and agility might help your extended team most, or you could have a pressing need to boost computing capacity without investing thousands of dollars in hardware.
2. Communicate the change to stakeholders. People need to know what you expect them to do and how to do it. Be ready to anticipate—and overcome—objections. Don’t forget to explain the benefits, especially those that will resonate with your team—things like smoother collaboration, more computing power, and better access to project information.
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3. Map your new process, and compare it to the old one. Think about all the stakeholders who could join you in the cloud, and how their participation will affect workflow. While many cloud services require little workflow adjustment, flagging the differences will help smooth your move.
4. Anticipate adjusting to a faster pace. Working in the cloud will drive many tasks to completion much faster and enable new work patterns. For example, if you can generate renderings in minutes instead of hours, how will that change when and how often you render?
5. Price services and develop budgets to reflect the on-demand nature of the cloud. Adding or accelerating services may require a change in the way you price work. If you’re making changes to your services, be sure to price them to reflect your enhanced ability to add value. More money, less worry!
Finally, one more great way to help with the transition to the cloud: Download and read our new e-book Ready for a Change. It’s packed with tips on where to start, how to plan and manage the move, and everything neccessary to make your team’s journey to the cloud faster and easier.
Do you have any tips to share? What helped you and your team make the transition? Let us know in the comments below.