Cloud strategy

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Strategy

Cloud adoption is an important element in a digital transformation but developing an adoption strategy is far from trivial. Legacy infrastructure has many interdependencies, components have different life cycles and contracts have varying expiration dates. Moreover, cloud offerings are becoming increasingly extensive and therefore more complex.

The first steps are rather easy; introducing some applications in the form of software-as-a-service for instance. But then what?

Our practical approach delivers an architecture together with a logical roadmap. We compare different scenarios and work out a business case with the corresponding user and organisational benefits.

The cloud may not be a goal in itself, but it is a crucial lever for becoming more agile, scalable and innovative. Moreover, a positive business case often proves within reach. Plenty of reasons to develop a targeted cloud adoption strategy.

How does our approach stand out?
We map out a route for the quickest and most extensive possible introduction of public cloud services because this yields the most benefits.
In practice, the deployment of public cloud services yields the most benefits. Intermediate private and hybrid cloud steps may be unavoidable but breakthrough changes are only on offer from public cloud providers. They provide ready-made building blocks as attractive alternatives for private environments that are relatively difficult to build and maintain. Furthermore, their speed of innovation is ever increasing widening the gap from traditional alternatives. Their size also provides a growing cost benefit. Based on your application landscape and road map, we explore the route that introduces the public cloud as quickly and as broadly as possible. This is within reach much more often than one may assume.
We define the optimal scope and guiding principles in order to maximise the value of the IT strategy for both the users and the IT department.
Benefits for both the IT department and the users (organization) can be realised in tandem; the strategy is rarely a trade-off. To achieve this we look beyond lift and shift. The traditional data centre and the accompanying management tools and technologies are also not the primary starting points. We are emphatically looking for the optimum scope. Can more benefits be realised with the use of alternative desktop virtualization techniques, cloud identity tooling, modern workstations, cloud-centric office automation and network architecture? Often, lean service management processes also make a valuable contribution towards the realisation of the objectives and the business case.
We place a great deal of emphasis on smooth and rapid implementability as this determines the value of the strategy.
The success of the strategy is measured by the quality of implementation. It is important to identify the elements of the new architecture that will deliver tangible benefits and critical mass and to understand how these can be introduced in a relatively short time. This is necessary to prevent the transition from losing momentum because life cycle investments and upgrades continue claiming priority. Already in this phase, it may be valuable to test the practical feasibility of critical elements with, for example, agile proofs of concept.

Are you curious about how we can help implement such a strategy and what benefits this yields? Read about our Implementation & Management and our Innovation services

Do you want to learn more about our cloud strategy proposition? Read our customer cases below or contact us directly.

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Interesting cloud facts & figures

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of end-users prefer cloud over on-premise

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of enterprises run one or more applications in the cloud

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of enterprises have plans to go multi-cloud