Cloud computing offers high scalability, fast deployment and total flexibility. Many companies have experienced a transformation into the cloud in the last 5 years - whether using public, private or hybrid cloud. Getting into the cloud is easy. However, many companies realized that maintenance costs of a private cloud are much higher than expected. The perceived lack of security of public clouds, on the other hand, makes people cautious. Which strategy is the best for you?
- Strategic guideline for a portfolio of approx. 6000 applications
- In depth analysis of the strength and weaknesses of cloud environments
- Development of 12 evaluation categories to assess the cloud readiness
- Definition of the 10 main cloud capabilities
Cloud - Quo Vadis?
Cloud computing is becoming ever more interesting thanks to its easy and fast implementation. In recent years, the number of cloud-based solutions at our customer, a global player in the automotive industry, has exploded. However, clear strategic guidelines and documented best practices for future projects were still missing. For example, there was not enough transparency regarding security requirements or clear rules regarding the monitoring process. So, the first step was to come up with a solid cloud strategy.
Public Cloud First - fast and innovative.
Clear strategic guidelines are essential for a successful cloud transformation. The basis for these guidelines is, amongst others, a comprehensive market analysis. It is important to spot the right trends and assess the current situation correctly. Using our technology knowledge and how it is used at other clients, we were able to create a common understanding amongst the relevant stakeholders. In addition, with the help of a Big Picture we were able visualize this. It addressed all central elements: physical infrastructure, technical platforms, application services and cloud orchestration. For each element the most important premises were defined based on the market research and agreed upon by senior management. These premises built the basis for a common vision of the cloud strategy and future development potential. The established guidelines enabled us to derive a new strategic direction - Public Cloud First. We complemented this strategy with a risk-optimized approach: to prioritize those applications that have the lowest security risk or the highest business benefit.
A clear strategy for the transformation into cloud.
The new strategy: Public Cloud First, a bold decision. This was a decision based on well-founded analyst reports and our own hands-on experience in cloud implementation projects. It enabled future projects to design a long-term architecture. Besides the defining strategic direction, we also identified the required cloud capabilities: amongst others the target operating model, cloud orchestration, and IT security. Only by building those capabilities, the full cloud potential could be lifted while the risks can be managed. They also build the basis to prioritize need for action, assign responsibilities and increase their maturity. An ideal mix of central guidelines and autonomy for the DevOps teams enables the rapid development of innovative solutions. This pragmatic roadmap ensures a safe and efficient transition into cloud.