Myers and Briggs defined the 16 different personality types that all human personalities fall under. It’s always an interesting read and fun to see what your personality type is.
Drawing inspiration from this and the thousands of business executives we speak to in relation to Cloud adoption for their enterprises, I put together 8 unique Cloud Personality Types! Let’s just dive in and look at these Cloud Personality Types and maybe you can quickly see where you fit in
Couple of disclaimers before we begin:
a. The personality types are not necessarily defined in the order of their maturity level in cloud adoption; in fact, I might have put them in a sequence to create curiosity in this reading.
b. The intention is not to poke fun at any given personality type (or the reader); it’s a mere assessment of how people react to the Cloud. Comic relief, if any is only a byproduct of the real discussion.
c. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is pure coincidence; no animals were harmed in the making of this article!
The First Mover
This is a Cloud-first technocrat. The generation they are born into could be a big influence for them to immediately jump on the Cloud Services. It could be that they haven’t seen the predecessors and they don’t have to consider the older options. However, they deserve credit for completely embracing the Cloud right from the beginnings of their projects/enterprises.
These first-movers contributed a lot to the proliferation of the Cloud and penetration into the market place. We’re not just talking about Instagram or Snapchat that are Cloud-first. Some of the new-wave restaurant owners are completely paper-free and server-free at their premise; and it’s all handheld devices and Cloud Services.
This is a technology executive that understands the Cloud; but doesn’t necessarily take the initiative of selling that idea to the enterprise. They are in a “wait and see” mode, hoping the other department does it first and see what happens.
Again, they get it – but not interested in owning the battles of nurturing the top management. This could be due to the lack of resources, lack of adequate knowledge in their teams or due to other priorities (though one could debate that Cloud adoption should be a top priority for any forward-thinking enterprise).
The Craftsman gets the emphasis of the Cloud and also understands that it doesn’t happen overnight in an enterprise. They understand the situation of the legacy systems and they very well know the problems with upsetting the apple cart. However, they are always on the lookout for an opportunity to take the enterprise to the Cloud Services.
The typical model is to build any new applications on the Cloud as the burden of legacy is non-existent or limited (work arounds with API based middle-tier frameworks). The Craftsman makes his point, proves it to the organization – one application at a time and looking forward to moving one workload at a time to the Cloud. This takes lot of patience, perseverance just like a craft!
When The Punter begins his/her project, it appears that they are following The Craftsman model. Finding the first opportunity to the Cloud and executing it; that’s where the similarities end.
Punter has a special role in American Football. Punter is a special team player who punts (kicks) the ball to the opposing team so as to limit any field position advantage. So, typically the game starts with a punt by the punter and every regular possession change is triggered by a punt. The Punter in our case identifies an application (often times, the first app from The Punter is a POC or a very small-scale utility application) to build using Cloud Services and executes it.
The play goes like – the project goes live successfully amidst big fanfare; and the game ends! The effort of Cloud adoption stops right there. In football, the punter doesn’t celebrate the flight of the opening punt; it’s just the beginning event of an exciting game that’s going to unfold. So, our Punter celebrates the punt (the first app on the Cloud) and goes back to status quo.
This personality type has some genuine fears, some misconceptions and uncertainty with the Cloud Services. Some of it could be the fear of change; or again pure need for nurturement on the topic.
The knowledge of their systems, the setbacks in building and maintaining their legacy systems is something only they understand. However, not open to a dialogue to discuss the changes in computing, specifically Cloud Services could lead them to a disservice. Acting like a resistance movement #NeverCloud and not willing to debate/communicate on the topic puts them to a competitive disadvantage soon. This personality type needs to develop an open mind and have conversation with experts on Cloud Services.
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner could be a transformation from the First Mover when they move too fast and without adequate governance and policies in place. Cloud Services are ever-changing and are innovated rapidly. The excitement of adopting too many services without strong emphasis on the governance and optimization techniques can quickly overwhelm the teams and the enterprise.
The Maze Runner finds themselves in a rapidly evolving Cloud Services ecosystem when they don’t put the emphasis in optimization and cloud governance. Of course, this is not a dooms day situation and the protagonist can emerge successfully from the maze of the complexities with guidance and sound policies/processes.
This personality type uses the “we invested a lot in our data center” excuse for not discussing the Cloud technologies. They are so emotionally invested in their data center that they tend not to think about how much of that investment is actually worth at this point. This is often called the sunk cost fallacy.
Everyone knows how much a new car loses its value when you drive it off the showroom’s parking lot; so an investment in a data center several years ago – how much does it actually worth at this time? Again, this personality type needs to engage in conversation with the peers, cloud experts etc. on this topic. I often see this personality type is misinformed that they are safer and secure because they are in their data center and it’s not costing them anything now!
This personality type totally gets the Cloud Services and the significance of this. They spend lot of effort and time in preparing road maps for cloud adoption. The Champion is not about moving completely to the Cloud; they understand the systems and the computing needs of their user base.
They assess the workloads of different systems, collaboration/augmentation needs of different data sets, the user expectations; and the future of the technology. Their Cloud implementations often tend to be complex with Hybrid and Multi Cloud implementations. The Champion tries to find the balance for the enterprise needs, future of the organizational assets and spends lot of time in strategizing and implementing the road maps. The Champions present different use cases of workloads and constantly encourage the evolution of the Cloud Services.
Cloud Services is more than a server on the Cloud. It’s a combination of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service); and it’s evolving rapidly. Cloud Services is here to stay, and is the foundation for all computing innovations that are coming up and will come up. If you look at the top 5 technology trends in the last few years and through 2025 such as Machine Learning (#ML), Deep Learning (#DL), Artificial Intelligence (#AI), Block Chain (#BlockChain), Serverless Computing (#ServerLess), IoT (#IOT) – cloud is the foundation and catalyst for all those technologies.
Cloud Services is becoming ubiquitous; and it’s just a matter of time. The enterprises that embrace it will gain competitive advantage and become nimble and agile.