Despite the vast coverage of technologies like AI, Big Data and so on – cloud transformation is still one of the most prioritised initiatives for organisations.
Due to its ability to kick-start other activities.
As such, we’ll be explaining why leaders of organisations are striving for a defined cloud transformation strategy. In addition, you can findexamples and key takeawaysthat can be applied to all businesses.
What is cloud transformation?
Cloud transformation is the process of aligning IT infrastructure to the business objectives of an organisation. In doing so, themigration of apps, desktops, data and more, can be planned for.
Here’s the kicker:
It’s especially important to remember that this a process, and therefore there will be room for future innovations and user demands.
Beyond this cloud transformation definition, we tend to view it from two levels:
How it impacts our customers
The effect that it has on us as an organisation
Looking for something more visual?Here is a video discussing the various topics of this subject:
Firstly, back in 2014/2015, most of our enterprise and corporate customers were just opening up to the public cloud and understanding how that fits in with theirIT strategy.
Yes, they were aware of it previously, though it was not that widely deployed. But with great awareness around data security, and the undeniableadvantages of cloud computing, it was too compelling not consider.
Moving forwards to 2017, we’re now helping those very same customers put business-critical productionworkloads into the cloud.
That shift requires companies to think about things in a very different way as well.
They need to:
Learn new skills
Put new operational models in place
Think about organisational structure
With all of these bundling together as part of migrating to the cloud.
Make no mistakes, there are still segments that organisations are unwilling to transition, but with an efficiently designed cloud transformation, they can see what the benefits would look like.
What does cloud transformation look like?
The framework of good cloud transformation is one with good awareness that goes beyond pure benefits.
It enables a roadmap that applies new ways of working.
Therefore, when designing and implementingIaaS and PaaSbased cloud solutions, you can embrace these services remotely – they’re anonymous.
What’s the bottom line?
You no longer need towonder into data centresand look at racks or cages full of equipment. You can focus on the type of business objectives that are noted above. In addition, you don’t need vast numbers of outside IT partners on your premises.
Companies who embrace cloud transformation services no longer need to worry about the plumbing associated with managing and running data centres.
They don’t need to worry about capacity – and this really frees them up to think about how they run their business. In addition, they can focus on innovating and winning the battle ofdigital transformation.
Equally, this change means that they’re happy to consider companies to manage their cloud estate on their behalf.
Like all technology providers, the shift in consumer behaviours has impacted us.
Historically, within our professional services, we’ve always worked on a ratio of two people to one desk. The expectation was that our consultants would be out on client sites, spending large tracks of time working alongside client teams to implement solutions.
In the last 12 to 18 months, we’ve seen that changed.
The same acceptance that clients have had around theremoteness of their data centres,and the capability they provide, has also led to an expectation that we will deliver more projects from our own premises.
So, right now, we’re operating more around the ratio of one to one. Whilst on some days, when we have customers come in, to work alongside our client teams it is even greater than that.
Examples: how organisations are embracing cloud transformation
Whereby, you can see how cloud computing is being viewed as one of the biggest bets made by companies in thenext 3 years.
However, almost more importantly, is the tools they are experimenting with at current times.
As noted below, the tools most high pursued, data and cloud computing, are both available to test in a very cost effective trial period.
Companies can quickly spin up aMicrosoft Azure Server, and can immediately understand the various advantages and business benefits possible. Whereas the VR/AR cannot be judged that quickly.
This real use of enterprise demonstrates that cloud transformation isn’t far into the future, it is a matter for the present.
Lastly, we have the issue of security, which despite multi-sector adoption, still appears to be far more trusted in the private sector than public.
Make no mistake, financial services, one of the most forward thinking sectors in terms of cloud, still has no desire to move select groups of information out of their private data centres.
But they have made this considered decision based on knowledge of the alternative.
Over to you
It seems to be clear that cloud transformation is having a real impact on our organisations across the globe.
Looking back to even seven years ago, the cloud was something that people were suspicious of, and just starting to get their head around. Now, cloud transformation is very much in the spotlight with businesses forced to adapt.
It would be great to hear your thoughts on cloud transformation within enterprise IT, make sure to comment below.