Accelerate Cloud Transformation
Cloud is transformative for businesses. For companies, business process transformation is the key to delivering competitive and operational advantages. One of the most effective ways to achieve rapid process transformation is by leveraging cloud computing. In fact, it has become one of the most prioritized initiatives for businesses.
Cloud transformation is the process of aligning IT infrastructure to the business objectives of an organization. This has direct impact on customers and lasting effect on how organizations work in a variety of ways to business, users, IT functions, architecture, finance and security.
For business, it can translate to higher flexibility, agility and competitive edge, platform for innovation, tool to deliver better results, facility for M&As and an avenue for promoting green environment.
For users, it can translate to better experience, easy access to information, and increased communication, collaboration and productivity.
For IT, it can translate to IT assets easier to deploy and manage, efficient use of IT staff on strategic initiatives, adoption of the latest technology with automatic tech refresh, and become more service focused to end-users with ability to offer agile, scalable and cost-effective systems “as a service” in record time.
For business architecture, it can translate to ability to offer services at a speed of business, to deliver more reliable and highly available systems, to be able to integrate various business functions and connect with external entities with ease, and to be able to efficiently develop or deploy LoB applications.
For finance, it can translate to reduction on tech spend, a better way to plan and manage costs better including cap-ex reduction, and to monetize data.
For security, it can translate to better security and compliance, effective shadow IT management, and better data backups and disaster recovery.
However, the transformation requires companies to think and execute differentlyl. A number of topics to consider are: 1) get executives and other key stakeholders on-board, 2) learn new skills, 3) consider organizational structure and governance, 4) consider risk, and 5) develop a practical migration plan including operational model.
Over time the cloud system has grown complex, and the adoption journey can be difficult to navigate. There are so many paths to the cloud so there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all cloud solution.
The complexity starts with availability of multiple service models: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and/or Business Process as a Service (BPaaS). Then there are the deployment options: public, private or hybrid. Then additional considerations must be given to data privacy, security and regulatory compliance. The type of functions that can move to the cloud will vary based on organizational priorities.
The transformation requires that companies follow a tried and proven methodology that includes keys steps from business assessment and planning, pilot, foundation, migration to on-going management.
There are four critical phases to a successful cloud transformation also commonly referred to as “Cloud Maturing Model”:
1. Conduct business assessment and planning
2. Establish foundation
3. Migrate systems
4. Optimize and manage systems
The framework can be further explored and mapped to your company with a facilitation of an initial cloud vision and strategy workshop.
In summary, every cloud journey is unique. However, each journey consists of many similar challenges, actions and results. Therefore, it is vital to work with a tried and proven methodology as well as get assistance from the team with deep subject matter expertise in cloud and have performed many successful cloud transformation projects. The BeyondID team specializes in cloud transformation projects associated with identity and access management, API management, content collaboration and business productivity applications.