Enterprise Cloud – Myths and Facts
In this Blog Series on Enterprise Cloud, let us try and understand some of the challenges and opportunities for Enterprises in embracing a Cloud First policy.
Enterprise cloud computing has become a buzz word.Cloud technologies were and still are predominantly used by individuals or public facing web and mobile applications. The biggest advantage the cloud gave to such companies and startups is the ability to make mistakes and still be successful.
Flexibility Cloud Offers
The cloud enabled a huge number of such application based businesses to change their technology, their stack, their hardware, scale up and down and deliver reliable applications very quickly to their customers.In an agile world where users were continuously expecting better features, performance and ease of access, the answer was cloud.
Now enterprises want to have a taste of the success of companies built on the cloud but the business case isn’t quite the same.
Facts of Cloud
Let’s put some facts upfront, Enterprises work very differently. The systems of record are huge monoliths which have been built over multiple business life cycles. For them, the move to cloud isn’t probably going to happen with a click of a button or anytime soon and is expected to take a long road-map. Though Gartner predicts that 90% of all businesses will be adopting some form of hybrid enterprise cloud model by 2020.The complete move to the cloud for enterprises of any scale isn’t going to happen easily. Most of them find adopting a Hybrid model of cloud easier to make the first transition and seeing in action the business case, the need and benefits of moving to the cloud.
Options for Cloud
This points to the Bi-Modal IT paradigm. Bi-modal is the practice of managing two separate but coherent styles of work: one focused on situations of greater predictability, the other where exploration is required. Mode 1 is optimized for areas that are more well-understood. It focuses on exploiting what is known. This includes renovating the legacy environment, so it is fit for a digital world. Mode 2 is exploratory, potentially experimenting to solve new problems and is optimized for areas of uncertainty. This mode often works on initiatives that begin with a hypothesis that is tested and adapted during a process involving short iterations.The cloud gives the ability to Enterprises to implement extensions to legacy systems and quickly build applications that augment their existing services and bring better outreach, access and visibility to their customers and vendors.
Cloud Only Policy for SME
A cloud only policy for an enterprise is a dream. Probably well suited for an SMB that is in a sweet spot industry segment and a line of businesses that enables them to make the plunge to a cloud only scenario. As for the rest, a hybrid setup is the way to get started in embracing the cloud.A lot of work needs to be done in migrating the business content, applications and code-bases built for on premise application over the years to run on cloud seamlessly, build new applications for the cloud and we are getting there.Migration options are enormous and the decision of moving from Bespoke to SaaS or IaaS based deployment of a shipped solution must be evaluated.
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(Follow our blog series on how to evaluate the migration options and different parameters for businesses of different sizes.)