There is a lot of hype regarding cloud computing and this technology is booming nowadays. But how could the bifurcation of fact from fiction be done? The best way to analyze this is by looking at the market adoption trends, along with the projected and current adoption figures.
A report by IDC (International Data Corporation) shows that by 2020, IT spending will be cloud-based, reaching about 60-70 percent of all IT infrastructures. Hence, to meet the expectations of consumers, multiple IT solutions can be delivered.
In comparison to traditional software, cloud computing has higher investments. As various companies are moving towards modern business infrastructure, so the application software is expected to stay in the IT segment. Below are the few points which can help you get started with your cloud journey.
- Planning your cloud journey
Having the right understanding of the impact of cloud on the organizational goals is the start of your journey to the cloud. There is a need to recognize whether there a requirement if building public cloud resources or a private cloud capability.
To address the list of applications of the cloud, there is a need to assess your current application portfolio. Much time is invested by several organizations to research tools and processes for managing decisions, risks, issues, and budget.
Your operational level and service levels are easily monitored as soon as you deploy your prioritized applications. Moreover, your availability and application performance are measured to meet the new cloud services. This will help you to easily incorporate industry-specific improvements anytime.
- Constructing a migration roadmap
Setting up smaller steps for larger leaps on the ground level can help your cloud journey. It is recommended for the enterprises to pick the applications for a cloud pilot effort and ‘test the waters’. The pilot testing will allow your organization to uncover business challenges, and achieve familiarity with the cloud for the rest of the journey.
The C-Level executives will consider this as it will give clarity around the needed level, and observe the real-time gap assessment. Your actions may include opportunities to redefine your migration plan, execute each application migration, address skill gaps, and recognize processes for improvement.
- Bringing IT cloud to your business
A strategical approach is must within a long-term solution. Each migrated application will give a great purpose and will be viewed as a business service because of its capabilities which are generated to meet the individual goals within the enterprises. Below are few tips to help you align your business goals:
- Search for common business drivers within the organization
- You should have an enterprise-wide view to meet the requirements of all your departments
- Recognize the application components and common infrastructure in each system
- Cut down the operating models and critical business processes
- Access each business service for cloud delivery
- Observe the inter-dependencies and search for optimization opportunities