Pete Apple unpacks Microsoft’s journey to the cloud via Microsoft Azure and his advice for optimization and change management.

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Pete Apple unpacks Microsoft’s journey to the cloud via Microsoft Azure and his advice for optimization and change management.

This began with Apple and his team understanding their current inventory in their datacenters, and what dependencies existed across applications. Now that most applications and services run in the cloud, the team can be more flexible and agile in the way that they approach deployments.

It was equally important to invest in employees along the way, and see everything as a learning opportunity.

“Look at the way you're running things today on-premises, and feel free to consider this a blank check to change anything you think doesn't work,” Apple says. “If it seems like you've got a lot of legacy ways you run the operations, the ways you do incident management or change management, this is the time to fix it.”

It also helps to have people at your company who are advocating for the move to the cloud.

“Find a couple early adopters, and do some proof of concept,” Apple says. “That can help champion your work and influence leadership.”


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