Moving to cloud is not all about technology, but culture too

The Government of Canada’s department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) has a mandate to improve conditions for investment and enhance opportunities for innovation in the country. However, until recently, it was a traditional organisation that did not even have WiFi at all places nor all of its employees had tablets, says Aneeta Bains, ISED’s Chief Digital Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister.

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In today’s world of ubiquitous technology where every technology is available to everyone and geographical constraints and organisational boundaries don’t matter, it is important for public and private institutions to tap into cloud computing for the agility and the efficiency it offers.

It was only in 2017 that ISED started their journey into this world of modern information technology. This movement from servers and network to cloud isn’t just a technology exercise overseen by the IT department. It has to be done in conjunction with the way the entire organisation works. “Cloud is about collaboration and agility but if the company sits out of cubicles and employees work individually, it might not succeed. It is important to ensure that the team starts speaking to each other instead of the traditional way of communicating through emails,” says Bains.

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