Is a Cloud Strategy Essential?
Yes, every company needs a cloud strategy. But not every company will have the same reason for adopting a cloud strategy.
Some enterprises will want to achieve complete digital transformation through cloud migration and cloud-native applications.
Others may simply need to modernize applications and update their integrations.
And still, others may be best served with a hybrid cloud approach.
There are many different possibilities and decisions to make. With a detailed cloud strategy, the right approach becomes much clearer.
Outside of your own business goals and long-term plans, we tend to see three major reasons why a cloud strategy will always serve an enterprise well.
1. Enterprise Tech is Moving to the Cloud
An increasing number of software vendors are making some product features available only in the cloud. A cloud-based, SaaS model often serves both the vendor and the customer better.
- Office 365’s latest product features are only available in the cloud
- Power BI is moving toward cloud-only status
- Large vendors like SAP are focusing on cloud-based services, like HANA
- The latest advanced analytics and AI tools are only available on cloud platforms
- Many DevOps capabilities are only available as cloud-based projects
It’s more than a passing fad. Cloud-based solutions can provide more value, flexibility, and power.
With a cloud strategy, you can understand the vendors in your industry. Are they cloud-only? Does that limit your choices? How can you increase your compatibility?
2. Enabling Technologies Make Cloud Solutions More Effective
Enterprise IT now has a number of enabling technologies and on-premise processes that make movement in and out of the cloud much easier.
With containerization, microservices, API gateways, and DevOps automation, developing a hybrid- or full-cloud enterprise stack is a much leaner, simpler process.
Adopting these technologies improve both on-premise benefits and the preparation for utilizing cloud platforms and capabilities. With a cloud strategy, you can plan to address these capabilities more effectively.
3. Mobility is Now a Must
Mobility isn’t necessarily a new trend, but we continue to see the need for our employees and customers to access applications and information from any device, from any location and at any time.
New employees have higher expectations around mobility and the ability to work from anywhere. Our customers in all industries see an increasing demand for free access to information and services.
The idea is simple: utilizing the cloud for everything from employee productivity tools to data analytics improves mobility. A cloud strategy will help you assess the security, accessibility and cost-benefit analysis of increasing mobility through cloud services and applications.
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