10 cloud mistakes that can sink your business

“The sun always shines above the clouds,” optimists enjoy telling us. What they fail to mention is that beneath the clouds there’s often high winds, torrential downpours, lightning and the occasional golf-ball-size hail bombardment.

The same is true with cloud computing. On the sunny side, the cloud offers a variety of benefits, including the promise of enhanced reliability, flexibility, manageability and scalability. Look below, however, and you’ll see the cloud’s dark side — a place where a single error, oversight or miscalculation can lead to utter catastrophe.

If you want to ensure a cloud transition that showers your enterprise with benefits rather than red ink and lawsuits, avoid these 10 common mistakes.

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"The sun always shines above the clouds," optimists enjoy telling us. What they fail to mention is that beneath the clouds there's often high winds, torrential downpours, lightning and the occasional golf-ball-size hail bombardment.

The same is true with cloud computing. On the sunny side, the cloud offers a variety of benefits, including the promise of enhanced reliability, flexibility, manageability and scalability. Look below, however, and you'll see the cloud's dark side — a place where a single error, oversight or miscalculation can lead to utter catastrophe.

If you want to ensure a cloud transition that showers your enterprise with benefits rather than red ink and lawsuits, avoid these 10 common mistakes.

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7 simple ways to fail at agile

“Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan” is a saying frequently cited by contemplative business leaders. Yet when it comes to failed agile initiatives, the old bromide might be updated to state: “Success is a team effort, while failure…

"Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan" is a saying frequently cited by contemplative business leaders. Yet when it comes to failed agile initiatives, the old bromide might be updated to state: "Success is a team effort, while failure is simply everybody's fault."

No new agile program aims for failure. Yet poor planning by an unprepared and ill-informed team that fixes its sights on unrealistic goals will usually doom a project from the very start.

Want to ensure that your agile initiative will collapse into a heap of twisted hopes and dreams? Well, here are seven simple steps to help you get started:

1. Plan loosely and chaotically

One of the great myths surrounding agile is that planning and structure aren't essential. Yet that's simply not true. "Agile is not an excuse for chaos or no management," says Alan Zucker, founding principal of Project Management Essentials, a firm that provides project management and agile services.

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