By Kevin Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, FuseForward UK and Ireland.
There are multiple reasons the world is moving to a “cloud-first” model, not least the digital transformation capabilities that would be unachievable with a legacy IT structure. Leaders in the C-suite don’t need to be convinced it’s the right move – but many are still reticent. They are nervous that the potential disruption could be too much.
As with any major programme one of the keys to success is being very clear on the objectives and then structuring the delivery to meet them. Benefits are wide-ranging and all organisations should realise multiple, including the following:
With a properly designed architecture there is generally a reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your IT infrastructure. This isn’t just a reduction in annual budget, but improved cost predictability and management.
This isn’t just about preventing unauthorised access or loss of confidential data, but about making sure identity and access is managed appropriately across the organisation. Proper identity and access management processes will strengthen both security and operational programs.
The durability and redundancy that comes easily from the cloud deliver huge value to business operations, reducing the chance of slow performance or unexpected downtime.
Agility and flexibility
The responsiveness of IT and business change teams increases hugely as upgrades and updates can be made frequently, but in a controlled manner. Teams can be focused on meeting organisation needs – not “managing tin.”
The world of IT is constantly providing new technologies and techniques (such as AI & ML). With the cloud, it is much easier to pilot and assess new capabilities. Proof-of-Concept deployments become very easy to arrange and fund.
Digital business transformations
The largest value is of course the impact on revenue generating areas and “end-to-end” supply chains. Today’s organisations are constantly seeking to innovate and so much of this is digital. Revolutionary process change or constant evolution are only really possible with the speed of change that comes with cloud-based platforms.
Realising the benefits
The benefits of the cloud are significant and widespread, but how can they be realised? Below are strategies and approaches you can use to achieve them.
Active involvement is essential in the programme. Executives will of course provide the funding, but they can also help overcome any obstacles, so their input to strategy is crucial. The programme lead should link executive goals to project benefits, as means of obtaining executive buy-in.
Clarity and alignment on benefits
What combination of the benefits outlined above does the migration need to achieve? Every organisation probably seeks most, if not all. They must be evaluated and prioritised and not all will be achieved at the same time. The objectives must include a vision of the organisation and supporting teams post migration.
Ambitious but achievable programme plan
An effective project delivery model. Everyone knows how essential programme plans are, but they aren’t always enforced. Cloud migrations have wide-ranging impacts. Particular care must be taken with:
- Building confidence – quick wins should be sought and deployed first.
- Balancing quick wins with more valuable initiatives – establish credibility, before moving on to higher value, but more complicated, projects.
- The future IT architecture – this is must be designed in advance.
- Classification of applications – assess which applications are low-risk compared to those that are crucial or difficult, and plan your approach accordingly.
- Communicating progress – in meaningful business terms.
Don’t learn on the job. Engage proven talent in designing and managing the programme, the new architecture and the operating model. The benefits are so high – but so are the negative consequences of failure. Engage the right partner – but ensure knowledge is transferred.
It’s not only the architecture that’s changing. A revised delivery team and mindset should be implemented.
Now is the time to migrate
Are you looking to make a move to the cloud, but don’t know where to start?
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