It’s a fair enough question to ask – what is the hype around the cloud all about? Why has it become such a big topic to any business or technology publication? Why has it entered the boardroom?
This article will provide you with some context to its growth and its popularity. Whether it be through cloud readiness, the adoption rate or the benefits felt, it’s all here.
Why the cloud?
Let’s start with a simple but important question: why the cloud?
Why should your business care for it?
Well in today’s fast-paced business environment, every company is looking for ways to accelerate its rate of business and respond quickly to shifting market demands and opportunities. Technology plays a crucial role in speeding up business processes (such as calculation engines).
It’s no longer acceptable to delay a major company initiative for months so the IT department can spec out, purchase, test, set up and provision new systems.
As budgets remain tight, Chief Information Officers are looking to the cloud to reduce their overall infrastructure spend. Businesses want IT as a service, metered, available on demand and with unlimited supply. They want to shift from capital expenditures (CapEx) to operational expenditures (OpEx) that are tied to the peaks and troughs of business activities.
"Essentially companies want to reduce costs by buying computing rather than computers." Share
The cloud is the logical progression in terms of delivering IT resources, and it can provide an efficient and agile IT infrastructure. But despite all the benefits, cloud computing is a fundamental transformation of architecture and business processes and should not be undertaken lightly.
Moving to the cloud should be viewed as a journey. There are several steps to take into consideration when moving along this path.
The best place to start this process is cloud readiness
We understand that when it comes to the cloud, there are many associated decisions: AWS or Azure; on-premises, hybrid or in the cloud; and many more.
The most important element is to view those decisions against a larger strategy, one where business outcomes are put at the forefront, rather than trying to reverse engineer technologies.
That’s why this field is becoming so important. It's so impactful.
This SlideShare from Amazon is a great example of the processes that are needed to get you to your desired solution.
The good news is that there are many cloud readiness tools out there – the issue is such that they only really provide you with a snapshot into your environment, and we believe that a detailed cloud assessment is needed. It is only with this level of discovery that you properly identify opportunities for improvement.
These types of sessions are important in identifying and implementing work packages that help you upgrade, optimise and migrate your systems.
There’s no point buying the book if you don’t read it and no value in a car you don’t take out on the road.
Having taken the time to conduct a cloud readiness assessment, built a plan, executed, you cannot forget the most important element – people.
The success of any project very much hangs on how people take the technology and use it to improve productivity and efficiencies for the company.
Cloud Adoption Programmes (CAP) should be designed to ensure that you get the most out of your move to the cloud. There will always be vendors who promise big gains but in reality they aren’t achieved without acknowledging people.
The last position you want to be in is 2 years down the line with all new processes that no-one exploits, and you now have to reinvest into something you have no confidence will actually convert into outcomes.
That is why we stress the importance of a change-management programme to ensure that people actually adopt and use their new tools.
“IT managers and C-suite executives should give employees an open forum to discuss and train on company platforms. Social training, lunch and learns, and Q&A sessions are simple, time-efficient ways to create a cloud knowledge-sharing ecosystem within an organization.” Share
Companies that embrace the cloud can achieve strong efficiency gains because of the open architecture that gives them the flexibility to add new features and functions quickly and easily.
This has allowed them to change their service delivery model and focus on the part of their business that matters – their customers.
By utilising the cloud, companies can scale their infrastructure depending on demand, lower the capital expenditure on infrastructure and software, and reduce the maintenance costs for their IT architecture, allowing them more time to focus on innovation and other business-critical tasks.
We understand there is a lot to take in. Many opinions. However, we have collated a nice quick list of some of the best benefits that cloud computing will bring to your business: