Posted in Articles on Tuesday, December 4, 2018
by Richard Vester - Group Executive, EOH Cloud Services Division
“IT buyers are shifting steadily toward cloud-first strategies, and nearly all are reconsidering their IT best practices to embrace hybrid and multi-cloud construction and operations, secure data management, end-to-end governance, updated IT skills, and improved multivendor sourcing,” analyst firm IDC says.
However, many companies are missing some of the value that cloud brings by approaching their cloud environments in the same way they did their on-premises environments. Similarly, too few businesses engage in change management processes to gain the full benefits of migrating to the cloud.
It should come as no surprise that companies are therefore finding new challenges in managing their complex cloud environments. Understanding and managing these complexities can be the difference between significant savings and efficiencies and spending more than with an on-premises environment.
While every organisation has unique needs, and these need to be reflected in the cloud strategy, there are a number of similarities to be found across business cases, industries, and sectors. Successful cloud adoption relies on a solid business case, and cloud advisory services can assist companies in establishing the correct business case and getting the benefits from it. A cloud partner increases the potential success of cloud migrations by identifying potential pitfalls and bringing experience which will increase the chance of a successful cloud strategy.
Cloud Readiness Assessment
A cloud readiness assessment identifies the specific plans, benefits and costs that will allow a company to get the most from their cloud migration. This helps identify dependencies, performance requirements and change processes, and establishes priorities for applications and services, and can uncover untapped potential for agility and cost savings. In addition to establishing the technology needs of a company, cloud advisory services can assist businesses in identifying gaps in the skills and training of their IT teams, helping to further increase the value of the cloud migration.
Capacity Planning and Cost Management
Staying on top of cloud capacity is a critical component of cloud strategy. Cloud finance governance is pushing for responsible spending practices and introducing checks and balances. It is about learning to operate spend management levers to trade between speed, cost efficiency, and sometimes even quality. While data is plentiful, optimisation processes are reactive, leading to financial and operational inefficiencies. Cloud advisory services help identify performance to determine which parts of the cloud infrastructure are over-sized or under-sized, helping to find the most efficient balance.
Compliance and Risk Management
Moving data to the cloud has implications for data compliance. Cloud advisory services ensure that the cloud solution is compliant with the applicable laws, regulations, and international standards.
Select the right partner(s) to help you along the journey
Companies looking to move to the cloud should look for partners that have not only the technical expertise and experience, but also the right agile methodology and project management framework. They should also think about the operational model they plan on adopting and whether the partner can help facilitate that model (building CI/CD pipelines, managed services).