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What to Consider When Developing Your Cloud Strategy

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Nov 26, 2021 - 4 minute read

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Susanne Kluka Content Marketing Specialist

Susanne takes care of the German content at Objectivity, translates company content such as web texts, articles and eBooks and writes articles about technology trends and practical business advice. In her private life, she likes to spend her free time outdoors with her son, playing tennis or going to a rock concert.

 

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Before you even begin thinking about developing your cloud strategy, you should consider how it will align with your organisation’s overall business goals.

What added value will you achieve from migrating to the cloud? Are you looking to solve problems? Create new sources of revenue? Will you use the cloud as an extension of your existing IT landscape, or do you want to migrate all your workloads?

The cloud offers numerous benefits — business and operational ones — but it’s crucial to assess how in particular its adoption will serve your organisation.

When thinking about your cloud strategy, consider how the cloud can help in these important areas and try to assess which of these aims will become your primary focus.

The Cloud Advantage:

  • Lower IT costs: lower investment costs for servers and software licences, personnel costs for maintenance and administration.
  • Increased productivity: easily scalable infrastructure capacity and new technologies.
  • Scalability: access to virtually unlimited resources when and as they’re needed.
  • Reliability: your workloads, infrastructure, and underlying platforms will be supported by the cloud provider.
  • Availability: your solutions will be highly available, operating seamlessly without disruptions.
  • Security: if implemented correctly, data security is in many cases significantly better than when it comes to on-prem hosted data.

Other measurable results include a faster time-to-market for new functions and systems, as well as a multitude of options for software integration. Cost reduction thanks to a predictable and negotiable price, a scalable service, and the lack of physical infrastructure and its maintenance. You also get a reliable infrastructure — minimised downtime and improved system availability, flexibility, and scalability. A cloud service also provides compliance and cybersecurity support, as well as a disaster recovery service. This ensures that you can continue to run your business without any interruptions.

However, as tempting as the abovementioned benefits may sound, making the right decision when it comes to the cloud isn’t easy. A comprehensive analytical approach is required to find the appropriate cloud configuration and architecture for your requirements — one which would enable you to take full advantage of the cloud in your organisation.

Therefore, when drafting your cloud strategy, you should take a step back and take the time to think about the reasons behind wanting to migrate to the cloud.

What to Consider Before You Get Started?

When choosing a cloud provider, it’s essential to carry out a comprehensive performance analysis. This includes an inventory analysis of the infrastructure by identifying all existing servers and applications in the company. Every organisation experiences times of peak performance and times in which there is a drop in performance due to various factors. Hence, it’s important not to use the average values ​​for evaluation, but to determine the maximum and minimum key figures. Then, equipped with this knowledge, you should evaluate the various available cloud configurations, and choose a cloud cost model that meets the requirements of your company.

In fact, we believe that choosing a cloud provider because of their current offering (in reality, they’re all quite similar) is not the right approach — a given cloud provider’s offering is just a snapshot in time that will surely change. Selecting the right cloud provider is more about which cloud provider’s strategy and which cloud package characteristics are likely to be aligned with your goals in the long run.

Hence, while developing your cloud strategy, we suggest that you ask yourself a few important questions:

  • What does your IT infrastructure look like?
  • Which cloud provider and which cloud package offer the best conditions for achieving your goals?
  • Which are the best instances for your workloads?
  • What are the storage capacities, and did you choose the best storage option?
  • How do your peak operations differ from your systems’ average performance level?
  • Which applications and in which order should be migrated to the cloud?
  • What licenses do you have and what is their status?
  • How can you ensure that system dependencies remain intact and continue to function flawlessly once in the cloud?

Prepare Your Team

A strong cloud strategy must not only consider the technical factors, but also all future cloud users. All those involved, regardless of whether they’re IT or end users, will have to adapt to the changes brought about by having adopted the cloud. Everyone needs to become familiar with the different ways that cloud-based applications work. IT processes also have to be adapted in order to easily manage the changing environment in the cloud. And, if agile techniques have not yet been used, training and appropriate familiarisation will be crucial.

Possible Pitfalls

Planning is half the battle! The more precisely you plan and classify activities, the easier it will be to proceed on your cloud adoption journey.

It’s crucial that you know each of your applications in detail, otherwise serious errors can occur. Shadow IT must be uncovered — it’s important to identify hidden systems, otherwise you will not only have to deal with connection interruptions, but also with future security gaps. Hence, putting in the necessary preparatory work and planning ahead are one of the main ingredients of a successful cloud adoption journey.

Summary

A cloud strategy must be an integral part of a company's broader digital transformation journey — ensuring such alignment is essential for a seamless and effective transition.

Once you've answered all the key questions and aligned your strategy with your digital transformation goals, you can start thinking about how to proceed from a practical standpoint.

Objectivity’s offer includes a range of cloud services which can be tailored to your specific needs in order to help ensure your cloud adoption journey runs seamlessly and meets your goals. With a well thought-out and individual planning process, we help you make important decisions, plan your cloud strategy, and move your existing systems to the cloud.

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Susanne Kluka Content Marketing Specialist

Susanne takes care of the German content at Objectivity, translates company content such as web texts, articles and eBooks and writes articles about technology trends and practical business advice. In her private life, she likes to spend her free time outdoors with her son, playing tennis or going to a rock concert.

 

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