The Four Stages Of Cloud Adoption

By Jurie Venter | Riverbed, Cloud, Cloud Solutions | 0 Comments | 10 October, 2017


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A New Era Emerges

Over the last few years, the cloud has emerged as a mainstream and essential tool for managing IT resources and building a more agile and flexible business. No less important: It drives cultural change and process improvements within IT.

Today, as organisations look to build a modern IT architecture that scales rapidly and globally while supporting numerous digital channels and a variety of devices, the cloud is nothing less than critical. It delivers a business and IT framework that supports innovation, digital transformation and disruptive business models.

The cloud also supports strategic models that lead to innovation and digital disruption. Consider companies such as Uber, Airbnb and Intuit, the maker of TurboTax—all of which connect people, products and services in new and remarkable ways. Their business models scale quickly and seamlessly and they are able to roll out frequent updates to keep up with customer needs. Simply put: They operate at digital speed.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1507631200127{border-left-width: 3px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;border-left-color: #bfbfbf !important;border-left-style: solid !important;}"]

Weathering The Storm

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]There are a few key things to know about the cloud:

  • First, not all applications are meant for the cloud. On-premise deployments are here to stay, at least for a while.
  • Second, not all cloud environments are created equal. The cloud is an umbrella term that refers to a lot of different products, services, features and capabilities.
  • Third, planning, implementation and the measurement of results matter—whether and how an organisation is moving some or all of its applications and infrastructure to the cloud.

As a result, an initiative must focus on two core principles:

  1. Helping an enterprise establish a lean IT framework while unleashing fast and agile IT processes;
  2. Putting the customer first by creating discernible value. The most successful organisations measure value delivered at least partly through near real-time analytics that offer insights into customer behaviour, attitudes and business trends.

There are four key stages to successful cloud adoption. Organisations must focus on these factors to ensure best practice results:

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Understand which on-premises applications are the best candidates for migration to, or development in, the cloud.

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Once an enterprise has a prioritised list of applications that are candidates for the cloud, you can move forward with the preparation stage of a cloud migration.

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It’s critical to verify that applications and services in the cloud are up and running at all times—and for all users on all their devices.

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The end goal is to create discernible value for the organisation, as well as customers and business partners.

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A prioritised list of applications and services to move to the cloud, based on the business case.

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Rebuilt applications that adopt a service-oriented architecture suitable for cloud deployment, is efficient, scalable and easily maintainable.

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Gain a clear end-to-end view of your organisation’s applications, networks, systems and other resources on and off the cloud.

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Develop a plan and framework for leveraging the cloud to drive process improvement and achieve digital innovation.

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