Laura Numeroff is a beloved children’s author best known for her series of If You Give books. These books follow a simple but captivating format: a seemingly small act of generosity leads to humorous and unpredictable events. As a new father who enjoys reading books to his little one, I recently encountered Numeroff’s classic children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which was a poignant reminder of how a small action can set off a chain of unexpected events. This analogy holds true not only in the realm of children’s literature but also for businesses that choose to embrace the public cloud.
As the Head of Customer Experience User Research and Data Analytics team at Extreme Networks, I am well-versed in the potential risks and rewards that come with adopting new technologies. Numeroff’s If You Give book series, emphasizing the unexpected outcomes of small actions, vividly illustrates the importance of careful planning and foresight. When it comes to businesses considering the adoption of a public cloud, I am cognizant of the challenges they may face, including security concerns, integration issues, and the need for specialized expertise. Thus, I often wonder what outcomes may arise if a business embraces the public cloud and approaches this question with a thoughtful and strategic mindset.
The question of what happens when a business adopts a public cloud is complex and nuanced. The potential benefits, such as increased agility, resilience, and competitiveness, must be weighed against the potential challenges, including security concerns, integration issues, and the need for specialized expertise. However, with a thoughtful and strategic approach, adopting a public cloud can transform an organization, equipping it with the tools and capabilities needed to succeed in a rapidly evolving business landscape. By embracing the opportunities presented by cloud technology, businesses can position themselves for long-term growth and success, while also addressing the risks and obstacles that come with this transformative decision.
Although I would love to write my own children’s book entitled If You Give a Business a Public Cloud, I am uncertain if it would capture the interest of young readers. Perhaps renaming it If You Give a Bear a Public Cloud would make it more appealing?
Instead of a book, we have created an informative and visually appealing infographic highlighting key points related to the subject. The downloadable PDF version of the infographic is accessible via the link below. Be sure to print it out in full color and display it in your office. And since everyone loves bears, be sure to share the infographic with your colleagues and even the little ones.