Cloud projects are, without a doubt, one of the most powerful tools that companies have to improve their portfolio product creation, launch new lines of business or perform data analytics, options that were previously unfeasible in solutions on premise. The adoption of the cloud is therefore essential, but requires analysis to use it properly.
To correctly define a cloud strategy, we must identify the business objectives that we want to achieve. Achieving success in the business adoption of the cloud will mean achieving those goals by responding to the needs that we had previously identified.
Thus, many of the cloud strategies that have not ended in achieving the established objective have failed because it was wrong. We refer to all those times when the only thing that has been sought in a corporate cloud plan has been to achieve cost reduction.
The change from an investment model to an expense model must be taken into consideration by the company’s Financial Management, not that the adoption of a cloud strategy drives the Financial Management to change the current course.
In the same way, an exercise of data sovereignty and protection must be carried out. The most widely accepted cloud projects among companies have been those that have incorporated Software as a Service models, in which the cloud providers are responsible for the availability of the underlying applications, not for the integrity of the data. This leads us to assume the model of shared responsibility.
When we adopt Infrastructure as a Service cloud solutions, this model of shared responsibility becomes even more important. How far should the supplier’s functions go and how far is the customer’s responsibility? The capabilities of a company’s ICT team must be aligned with the adoption of multi-cloud models.
These are the keys to designing a cloud strategy
We must not deny that the implementation of a cloud project requires the proper training of the engineers of any company, since it is a change of language that must be assimilated continuously. And it is not the same to incorporate a new language, than several.
Therefore, it is clear that the benefits of adopting cloud models are measured in the success of actions that provide improvements in our business processes, agility in the development of new products and align spending on technology with the needs of the company. They are measurable objectives by themselves, which allow us to optimize technology for business purposes and guide the efforts of ICT departments to provide added value to the organization.
At IaaS365 we firmly believe that these goals are achievable by any organization, public or private, because we all live in the same ecosystem. There is no organization too large or too small not to consider cloud models for any new business initiative. Flexibility and adaptability must be the foundation of the journey to the cloud.
As a multi-cloud service provider, we have many projects that support the implementation of successful cloud strategies. We do not believe in the sentence “the cloud is not for me”. Our maxim is that there is a cloud for everyone, “tailor-made suits can be made in the cloud” always looking for how to adapt all the available options to the needs of each objective.