Cloud Strategy and Advisory Services

Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for transforming your business with the Cloud.

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‘Cloud’ is far beyond a buzzword, and it’s no longer optional for large companies.

What comes to mind when we say, ‘cloud technology’? Do you roll your eyes? Feel anxious? Get excited about the prospect of growth. There’s a reason both AWS and Microsoft saw nearly $10 billion in revenue in the last quarter of 2019.

Cloud technologies have the potential to help organizations increase:

  • Responsiveness
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Scalability
  • Innovation
  • Competitive advantages
  • Differentiation

While the cloud represents a huge opportunity for enterprises—that doesn’t mean you should jump in headlong. Your priority should be to get your legacy architecture and applications aligned to the cloud; this is a unique process for every enterprise.

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How do you know which applications should be moved to the cloud?

Or which assets should be built in a cloud environment? What about a hybrid approach? That’s where our cloud assessment and strategy consulting come in.

What's Your Goal for the Cloud?

Maybe your goal is a complete digital transformation for your enterprise. Or maybe it’s to develop an integration strategy for new, cloud-based applications. 

Either way, your cloud-oriented project should begin with a crystal-clear cloud strategy, based on an in-depth understanding of where you are today and where you’re trying to go.

Before moving to the cloud, assess your cloud readiness

Develop a Cloud Strategy

Enterprise teams have plenty of reasons for engaging with a partner for cloud-based projects: integration and API strategies, digital transformation, and moving critical applications to the cloud, to name just a few.

But the very first step should be to develop a robust cloud strategy based on your Enterprise Architecture capabilities and business goals.

“Without a cloud strategy, companies will just start moving things to the cloud. They just pick something. This may create performance and latency issues, and it may not even deliver any positive business results or end up being more expensive. You’re not taking advantage of the advanced functionality of cloud-based solutions.” 
                                   ~ Mike Cardillo | Lightwell

Instead of ‘just picking something’ to ‘move to the cloud’, Lightwell helps companies define a comprehensive strategy for transforming their business with the cloud. We engage with companies to determine:

  • Your Enterprise Architecture maturity and cloud-readiness
  • Which of your existing applications and capabilities are ready for the cloud, and which are critical moving forward
  • Which solutions should remain on-premise and which should be modernized and migrated to the cloud
  • What new applications and capabilities should be built in the cloud
  • The impact and ROI of moving to the cloud — versus maintaining the status quo
  • How to capitalize on the new capabilities, opportunities and advantages the cloud will enable
  • The cloud-readiness of your organization and culture — and how to accelerate adoption
  • An overall cloud strategy that aligns your capabilities and goals

You can both reduce costs and increase capabilities with a cloud initiative — but only if it’s aligned with business goals.

That’s why a clear and comprehensive strategy is essential, and why we start with an in-depth assessment.

Do you need a cloud strategy?

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 for the cloud. 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
  • 2. Enabling Technologies Make Cloud Solutions More Effective
  • 3. Mobility is Now a Must

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.

Our proven approach: How we build an effective cloud strategy

We employ multiple, proven approaches to help our clients develop a cloud strategy:

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Cloud Readiness and Maturity Assessment

We perform an extensive cloud capability analysis to determine your cloud readiness and which cloud-enabling technologies are needed to support your goals.

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Cloud Application Portfolio Assessment

To determine which applications and workflows should be prioritized for the cloud, which should be modernized or rebuilt, and which should be retired.

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Cloud Integration Assessment

To ensure that you have the integration capabilities you need to support your cloud strategy and initiatives.

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Cloud Strategic Planning

To align your IT investments with business goals before and throughout the cloud initiative.

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A holistic approach to cloud transformation

Lightwell provides the strategic and technical expertise you need to transform your business, unleash the power of the cloud, and accelerate your cloud journey.

Our team of skilled and experienced cloud professionals takes a holistic approach to cloud transformation, helping you develop and implement a comprehensive cloud strategy that connects your business goals and technologies.

Through our comprehensive Cloud Readiness Assessment, we evaluate your capabilities, technologies, plans, organization, and goals in detail.  From this, we develop a detailed, actionable roadmap and strategy to ensure your cloud investments are aligned with the needs and goals of the business.

You can have an Enterprise Architecture (EA) program without a cloud strategy, but you can’t have a realistic cloud strategy without an understanding of your EA.

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Leveraging expertise in cloud hosting and managed services

We tap into our deep expertise in Enterprise Architecture, Integration, and Application Development to help you design and implement the right capabilities, technologies, and processes—where you need them—to achieve the outcomes you desire.

Leveraging expertise in cloud hosting and managed services, we’ll help you optimize your cloud operations and environment for your current and future needs.

No matter where you are in your cloud journey, we can help you chart an effective strategy and roadmap based on your goals and objectives.

Achieving the best outcomes for your cloud initiative

Instead of diving headlong into cloud migration, taking the time to complete the cloud assessment and develop a cloud strategy means better processes and better outcomes. These are just some of the benefits our customers see when engaging with us for defining a cloud strategy:
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Achieve strategic alignment

around migrating to the cloud, helping the whole organization generate value from cloud investments as quickly as possible.

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Accelerate digital transformation

by modernizing and extending your legacy applications to the cloud.

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Become more agile

and responsive by modernizing your capabilities.

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Accelerate innovation

through cloud-native solutions, enabling you to build, iterate and deploy quickly.

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Reduce IT complexity

and resource demands by leveraging expert cloud managed services.

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Achieve faster time-to-benefit

and increased revenue growth with the ability to develop and launch new services while gaining better and faster insights.

Engaging with a cloud partner

Whether you’re just looking to build a new application in a cloud environment or take on full digital transformation with the cloud, you’ll need to develop and implement a solid strategy.

With an outside, expert perspective you can get a better grasp on your cloud readiness, your optimal architecture, and the integration strategy that you’ll need to thrive in the cloud.

Our experts have decades of experience building Enterprise Architecture programs for companies. With cloud opening more opportunities for everyone, they apply this expertise to making cloud transformation strategically aligned with the business goals of these same enterprises.

More than that, our team is dedicated to creating a cloud strategy designed to help you achieve great business outcomes.

“We focus on what it is you’re trying to achieve, and how it fits your other strategies. Cloud strategy should enable the rest of your business strategies.”

~ Mike Cardillo | Lightwell

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Contact us today to discuss your objectives and discover how we can assist you in your cloud journey.

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