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Ray DePena

Chuck, excellent post. Really enjoyed it.

So how should an organization approach cultural change?

Chuck Hollis

Hi Ray

I think a good starting point is either agreeing or disagreeing that the premise is correct. Many of the IT organizations I've met have this challenge, but not all.

A second step might be an informal assessment -- which parts of the organization (or specific individuals) might be a help or a hinderance.

A third step might be creating a "new team" designed to put new principles in to practice, seperate from the legacy team.

For many, this is a consulting engagement. EMC does this work, as do others.

-- Chuck

Kim

The answer ended up being "middle out" -- create logical groupings of services (e.g. infrastructure) and start there. Also, for very logical reasons, we tackled the infrastructure function first, hence the title of the group "Private Cloud Infrastructure Group".

I am curious what were or the starting points the logical grouping of these services. I am guessing these are vDirector VDC's.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Kim -- I think you have cause and effect inverted here.

The preferred approach is to say "what services can we create that are convenient, frequently used, etc." and *then* go looking for a technology that helps in that regard -- and, yes, vCloud Director is a good candidate for that.

But what I'd argue you need to avoid is going the other way around, e.g. "we have this technology, what can we do with it?"

-- Chuck

sports good

Many of the IT organizations I've met have this challenge, but not all.A second step might be an informal assessment -- which parts of the organization (or specific individuals) might be a help or a hinderance.

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  • Chuck Hollis
    Chief Strategist, VMware SAS BU
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    Chuck has recently joined VMware in a new role, and is quite enthused!

    Previously, he was with EMC for 18 years, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Holliston, MA with his wife, three kids and four dogs when he's not travelling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

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