Commentary – Post Pandemic: Cloud Adoption Needs to Be Accelerated – Authored by Nilesh Gupta, Head of CloudFirst & Edge Services, 3i Infotech
We had a lot to learn around us from last two years. We became even more close to our family and friends, celebrated new heroes outside our work environments and of course ‘WFH’ became the most used abbreviated word in English for many enterprises, the impact of Covid-19 has brought the benefits and limitations of their IT landscape into the open. Some were ready to ensure there is no impact at all, but many struggled and learnt the hard way. As companies look ahead to a post-pandemic era, many will need to consider how to meet unique needs and priorities with potentially limited resources with WFH being the new norm.
In my many discussions with various stakeholders at these companies – many are still overly reliant on legacy infrastructure and business models that still needs to be addressed to ensure any kind of acceleration to cloud journey. While it is especially important, they need to develop a proactive strategy that explores the use of cloud (hybrid or multi) and how to transition away from legacy systems towards modern technologies to embrace the digital podium, it is equally important for a partner to ensure the adoption acceleration is seamless and successful in the end.
It is important to engage with a cloud lifecycle management services partner for existing and new enterprises to transform their technology to the cloud faster and without risk. Today, industry-leading automation delivers 10x acceleration with complete ease, governance, efficiency, and fine-grained control of multi-cloud environments based on customer’s business and IT ecosystem. Efficient transformational partners use their global delivery capabilities and strong partnerships with established doyens in the space such as Oracle (OCI), Amazon (AWS) and Microsoft (Azure) to deliver cloud computing services that help organizations enjoy substantial reduction in CapEx across hardware, licensing, and software. With the increased agility and flexibility offered by cloud computing services, your organization will be able to cut OpEx costs like cooling and power supply, and build affordable, tested business continuity and disaster recovery plans. A suitable service provider needs to provide a wide choice of engagement models – shared, hybrid, SLA-based, and project-based, that help organisations to experiment and innovate.
Broadly speaking there are three dimensions to cloud adoption journey:
- What services are you planning to move into the cloud?
- What are your reasons for moving to the cloud?
- Do you have a cloud strategy and how does it define your cloud plans?
- Are there agreed business owners for each service and a sponsor for the migration?
- What are the dependencies of application on other and how are they connected?