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Cloud confidence: Overcoming the need to control

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I’m often approached by CIOs who ask me about GHX transitioning 100 percent to the cloud. Most of us recognize and believe that the cloud is the future of computing, yet overseeing such a huge migration creates enormous personal and professional pressure. 

For those of us who have made our careers in IT and technology, the cost savings and performance benefits of cloud computing are obvious. It’s a no-brainer to make the transition. Yet, making that jump to the cloud can feel less like a technology migration and more like a leap of faith due to IT’s natural desire to own and control.

Embracing the cloud requires us to give up that feeling of access and control. This is a huge cultural and emotional shift, especially if you grew up in hardware as I did. The reality, though, is that the infrastructure has been commoditized. The cloud promises massive computing power, better security, improved efficiency and transparency, all at tremendous costs savings.

In a recent article on, I discuss why companies should not be afraid to embrace cloud computing and detail the business benefits GHX has realized since we went to a cloud model. Check it out and see what a cloud computing model might do for your enterprise.

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Steve Cochran

Chief Technology Officer