The term ‘digital transformation’ has evolved for businesses, particularly in the last decade. What once meant a simple shift to virtual forms and online communication, now has vast implications across the different aspects of a business. As a core enabler of digital transformation, cloud adoption has been a focus for businesses in recent years, so much so that it’s created the popular moniker ‘cloud first.’ In this blog Vice President & Global Head of Managed Hosting and Cloud Services at Tata Communications, Rajesh Awasthi, examines the importance of organisations implementing a cloud smart approach.
Cloud adoption boomed rapidly, as businesses raced to leverage the cloud and support their hybrid work environments. Many businesses realised while they understand the need for cloud technology, they might not have the correct resources to ensure that they are harnessing its benefits strategically. This resulted in organisations having complex and fragmented implementations across various cloud platforms, whether it’s public, private or edge. What has become clear, there is a difference between being cloud first and being cloud smart. In this article, we’ll explore best practices for employing a cloud smart approach.
The price of failing to optimise an enterprise cloud strategy comes in the form of spiraling monthly costs, unmodified workloads failing to unlock critical cloud features and issues with performance management. All in all, it takes away time and money that a cloud smart strategy should be giving back. Organisations must begin to leverage smart and sustainable approaches to their cloud infrastructure, including public, private or edge cloud.
A customised cloud smart strategy can match an organisation’s goals and circumstances to its ability to execute with the cloud.
Shortcomings of a Cloud First approach
For nearly a decade, cloud first has been the prevalent approach to cloud adoption initiatives. It can be counterproductive to maximise the cloud footprint by prioritising legacy system modernisation, resulting in workload migrations. Some of the main shortcomings of a cloud first approach plaguing organisations are:
All these issues can be reversed with a cloud smart approach where cloud adoption is synchronized with organizational goals and values.
Becoming Cloud Smart
Gartner estimates that 60% of organisations that have adopted a cloud first approach will switch to a cloud smart approach by 2023. Considering most business leaders are expected to spend half of their IT budget on the cloud by 2025, gaining control over these costs has now become of paramount importance.
A cloud smart approach entails determining whether an organisation has the right mix of private and public cloud, edge, and on-prem infrastructure to meet its various unique workloads, as well as all its compliance and regulatory obligations.
To achieve this, a cloud smart approach considers a range of factors: the management, cost, visibility, interoperability, network, and application priorities of a business to create a more unified cloud environment.
Here are a few crucial considerations to derive maximum value from cloud investments with a holistic strategy:
By taking on the benefits of all the different cloud environments and using that mix to offset the potential weaknesses of each, organisations can create a unified, automated and scalable environment perfect to their needs.
Collaboration is the key
It is a smart choice to look to a partner with experience to foster a holistic cloud experience. Organisations can choose to partner with experienced cloud migration experts and managed service providers to unlock significant business value from their cloud investments. The experts can weave their disparate IT infrastructure together, orchestrate migration / consolidation of different clouds (public, private and/or edge cloud) to provide a unified cloud environment that is optimised, continuously monitored and managed. A savvy roadmap toward cloud optimisation includes:
In conclusion, a cloud smart approach can lead organisations to a place where their costs are predictable and their workloads are optimised. This gives them a competitive edge to execute a sustainable digital transformation strategy that is aligned with the customer’s needs and organisational goals. After all, the cloud cannot deliver on its promise if you don’t know what to expect from it.
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