Had any fun at work lately? (I thought not.) \n\nMore on CIO.com\nEarly Cloud Adopters Ride Out Hype Cycle\n\nMaking IT Fun Again at Schneider Electric\n\nThese are far-from-amusing times at most of our workplaces, and the little humor that does sneak in tends to be a bit subversive. Even Dilbert seems ready for a good antidepressant these days.\n\nGoogle the phrase "making work fun again" and all you'll find is 296 incredibly lame hits. None of them funny, either.\nSo you may find, as I did, a welcome bit of relief in reading about CIO Dave Patzwald's approach to injecting fun into the IT department at Schneider Electric North America. \n\nWhen Patzwald arrived at Schneider three years ago, his IT department was "dispirited by rounds of outsourcing and canceled ERP projects. They weren't feeling respected or recognized," as he tells Associate Editor Kristin Burnham. Their number-one request to the new CIO was: "Just make this place fun again."\n\nOf course, it was more of a morale boost that the Schneider group was looking for, not a slapstick work environment. What Patzwald ended up providing at Schneider was a wonderful blend of renewed camaraderie, engaged workers and a series of funny but educational internal company videos that forever changed the IT department's reputation for the better.\n\nHe even brought in a friend\u2014a professional comic\u2014to help unearth everyone's inner Jerry Seinfeld. "Creative people just need to be unleashed," he explains.\n\nFor those readers in the Midwest, you might enjoy hearing Patzwald talk about Schneider Electric's humorous transformation in person this month. He'll be our opening keynote speaker on June 10, at the CIO Perspectives Forum in downtown Chicago (go to CIO Perspectives Chicago for registration details). \n\nAlso in this month's issue, we tackle the amorphous topic of cloud computing in our cover story "Early Cloud Adopters Ride Out Hype Cycle." Senior Editor Kim S. Nash's exploration of the cloud phenomenon looks at how several companies use various services and products that label themselves as cloud.\n\nOur cover story dispenses with the myth that there's anything ground breaking or unique in this broad notion of using the Internet to access all sorts of managed tech services. As Nash writes, "If you're at all worried about being behind the cloud curve, don't be." \n\nNow there's something to smile about.\n\nDo you Tweet? Follow me on Twitter @maryfranjohnson. Follow everything from CIO Magazine on Twitter @CIOMagazine.