Many enterprises are still reluctant to take the full plunge into cloud. Whether it is reluctance to invest the required resources or regulatory constraints, many companies are failing to leverage the deployments benefits of cloud. It is worth noting that cloud offers a number of benefits such as cost savings; faster; better performance, scalability and flexibility; or simply the ability to shift budgets from capital expenditures to operational expenditures.
In order to adopt cloud’s agile and automated operating model within traditional IT requires building important organizational capabilities and prepare the business for a cloud transformation when it is ready.
Fully embracing cloud solutions in its entirety can have a significant impact and requires substantial initial upfront investments. For this reason, a complete adoption of cloud approach needs active commitment and a clear mandate from the CEO and board over the long term.
Specifically, there are critical topics companies should address for successful cloud adoption at scale:
Start with your Business Strategy
Remember when your enterprise makes a paradigm shift towards cloud, it is not just a technology investment rather a business decision. It is important to keep both your short-term and strategic business objectives in place to understand whether cloud is the right move for your enterprise. Understand the challenges your organization faces and define how you need to overcome challenges using cloud. It may be infrastructure-related, process related or even business process-related, but it's important to know the pain areas that your need to streamline additional business functionality.
Analyze Operational Readiness
Second, assess your operational roadmap -- the readiness of your applications for the shift to the cloud will determine your ability to take full advantage of the benefits of cloud computing. Take into consideration the design and integration complexity of each application to understand their dependencies, the amount of re-work necessary, and their overall readiness for cloud migration.
Cloud Computing Costs
Costs play an important role in selecting the leading cloud providers. It is important to consider pricing calculators that will help you gauge the real costs after cloud migration. Choose the best fit Cloud solutions based on your current application workload.
Importance of Sourcing
While building cloud technology stack is a challenging task. Equally challenging is the task to maintain. In such a scenario, it is important to collaborate with public cloud providers to build and manage the cloud stack. The most pragmatic way to begin is with a single cloud service provider while ensuring that you are not locked into one provider.
Create a Public-cloud Operating Model
In contrast to conventional operating models, the public cloud expects IT to oversee infrastructure as code. This requires engineers with skills and understanding of compute, storage, and security protocols of public cloud of public cloud. For most businesses, this means a huge upskilling of the infrastructure organization and the working model in which they work. Specialized groups should be allocated to design, configure and deal with the production environment.
Existing applications should be refactored at the framework and application layers to get in sync with the security and limit necessities of the open cloud. Security must be incorporated into these applications at base level. This requires huge consideration from application groups, which can be difficult to get.
Cloud Transformation Best Practices
There are many actions enterprises can take that have proven valuable to early adopters of cloud-empowered, high-performance infrastructure. These include, but are not limited to:
- Review Current IT portfolio: Before beginning any cloud development or migration, decipher and understand your existing IT portfolio to determine whether it is suited for public cloud platforms or SaaS alternatives.
- Identify the Approach: Get together all key stakeholders to determine whether your enterprise needs a transformational, aggressive or conventional approach.
- Define IT and Business Goals: Well-defined set of outcome-oriented aspirations for both the short and long term in line with your approach.
- Securing Buy-in: Ensure commitment and investment from senior management to gain transfer from capital to operations and maintenance investments/accounting.
- Adopting New KPIs: Measure and map your technology team for standardization and automation.
Cultivating the right skills is the key to success. Experts must almost certainly create applications on the cloud safely and rapidly. To do this, organizations should hire and prepare cloud specialists and afterward bring them into development groups, retrain or upskill the current workforce as required. Invest in both change management and robust development of cross-functional teams across infrastructure and security environments.