The global pandemic prompted organizations to go digital. Companies accelerated their digital transformation agenda to keep pace with the dynamic market and drive innovation across the organization. This enabled them to provide quality products and services and deliver superior customer experiences.
With increasing cloud adoption, business expectations are also growing. Today, the CIO’s concerns are beyond technology – from the continued availability of applications and databases to improved performance and better security, all against tighter budgets.
Let’s look at some of the top concerns that we are coming across:-
- Ever-Increasing Spend – Businesses that initially moved to the cloud saw significant cost savings. However, over time, the costs began to climb, becoming an important concern for the management. As an end-to-end Cloud Services provider, we’ve encountered this concern several times. On detailed assessment, we found several reasons for the same – from underutilized resources, mismanagement of workloads or incorrect configurations, to choice of cloud platform, and more. These and many other factors affect the performance and result in higher costs, resulting in enterprises refraining from further cloud expansion.
- Integrations – Migrating an application from on-premises to the cloud is never just a simple lift and shift. It requires ensuring that the application is seamlessly connected and working with the other satellite applications, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Cloud migrations can considerably impact business performance and costs when not done right. To avoid system failures and downtime consistent management of existing applications and integrations should be kept in mind.
- Committed Team/Skilled People – A skilled workforce with experience in cloud management is the need of the hour, especially for consistent monitoring and evaluation of cloud environments. Finding the right team has become challenging due to the growing demand for cloud technology and the ever-evolving cloud solutions. Maintaining an in-house team can become both a challenging and pricey endeavor. Therefore, companies hesitate to adopt or expand the cloud.
How to Address these concerns?
- Make a Proper Plan – The critical imperative when looking for cloud adoption/ expansion is to embrace a long-term cloud expansion roadmap. Assess your existing environment vis-à-vis your business objectives. Identify the business-critical applications and databases that must be migrated to the cloud for maximum impact. A comprehensive cloud journey plan can be prepared, considering the process and cost improvements required.
- Automation Tools – An automation-led cloud adoption plan can simplify the digital transformation journey for the organization while also reducing or minimizing business impact, downtime, and cost of migration.
- Hiring a Cloud Service Provider – The right Cloud Service provider can simplify the transition from on-premises to the cloud and help leverage the actual benefits of the cloud. With skilled teams and extensive implementation experience, the service provider can take away the complexities and accelerate your time to the cloud.
If you are evaluating how to move to the cloud or if you’re on the cloud and are looking to amplify the benefits you are trying to achieve, maybe it’s time to stop doing it alone and get the right help needed.