The word ‘Cloud’ has become a staple in industries, rapidly modernizing IT through complete standardization and automation processes. While some large organizations have successfully adopted cloud strategy for their new systems, more than half of organizations struggle to leverage the full potential of cloud technology to their enterprise systems.
Traditional companies face two major roadblocks when moving to the cloud:
- The existing business applications were created to fit into the legacy system’s paradigm. These applications are typically monolithic and are not architected to run optimally on the cloud or have the ability to dynamically scale after shifting to the cloud.
- The traditional IT framework and its workforce were trained to work in a relatively fixed scope of tools and boundaries. Most of the workforce needs to be reskilled or up skilled for the cloud environment.
Migrating IT systems to the cloud are not as easy as lifting and shifting workloads from legacy environments. Doing so will not automatically yield the benefits of cloud infrastructure, as cloud is far more complex and requires intricate deliberation than what is required for its on-premises counterpart. To initiate cloud technology and digital transformation adoption, a holistic strategy should be in place to automate the IT environment through an agile operating model and drive innovative business solutions.
Benefits of Adopting Cloud Technology
Cloud platforms offer various tools, techniques and features to enhance and expand the scope of an organization’s digital footprint. Adopting cloud technology enables enterprises to take the necessary automation and migration steps to manage their infrastructures and much more.
- Improved Customer Proposition
- Faster Innovation and Decision-making
Four-Step Process for Adopting Cloud Technology
Adopting cloud technology in an organization involves various steps and processes in utilizing the technology’s prowess, but it can be condensed into four steps as follows;
Assess: Before adopting cloud technology in enterprises, it is imperative to assess the challenges, understand the business values, feasibility, limitations, and success rates in the market after deploying the cloud technology. Evaluate and document the success stories and risks before initializing the cloud adoption. By doing so, organizations can get a clearer picture of the pros and cons of an efficient and effective migration
Plan: It is crucial to develop a customized cloud strategy and have plans to utilize cloud capabilities that map to service types such as SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS accordingly. Identifying application components that are quick to scale, stand-alone, and critical to business act as quick wins in the cloud adoption saga. These quick wins drive confidence and provide knowledge for moving larger components. For large and complex workloads a multi-stage cloud adoption strategy is ideal
Adopt: Leverage cloud deployment architectures designed to ease deployment and enable smoother migration by identifying the appropriate services for application, networking, storage, communication and scaling
Optimize: Optimizing business processes and applicative tools can aid enterprises to realize the benefits of improved organizational efficiency, increased engagement with the end customers, optimal cost and faster business innovations.
IT leaders should choose the appropriate cloud vendor, architecture, execution strategy and technology stack. Cloud vendors typically provide an array of services that can aid in the CI / CD practices which leads to an automated, tolerant and highly agile development/delivery pipeline.
Automation of processes is the first pro in adopting cloud technology. With AI and analytics, enterprises seek to automate every aspect of the business, from routine tasks to key decision-making processes for stakeholders, thereby aiding the enterprise’s digital transformation.
Upskilling the Workforce
Companies need to hire cloud experts to train or reskill the existing workforce, set up digital-innovation labs, and introduce them into digital transformation efforts through cloud technology.
Legacy Systems Migration
An important step for digital transformation is refactoring existing applications and reintegrating them into the cloud IT infrastructure and application layers to capitalize on the benefits offered by the cloud. Major application upgrades or replacements can be done faster by initiating the legacy-application modernization process.
Security Aspects of Cloud Technology Adoption
Businesses have concerns about the safety of sensitive company and customer data while transitioning to the cloud. To ensure the credibility of cloud technology’s security measures is to the mark, a few of the following cloud security considerations are necessary:
Use Secure UI and APIs: Enterprises should ensure the UIs and APIs are updated and secured with consistent monitoring and leveraging against malicious and unforeseen breaches.
Patching System Vulnerabilities: Any system may have bugs that allow hackers to control or steal data. Cloud platforms offer various tools that can detect and in some cases pro-actively prevent attacks against vulnerabilities. With the security measures and tools provided by cloud providers, it is easy to identify vulnerabilities and eliminate any potential risks to the application.
Creating Fall Back Programs: From malicious attacks to natural disasters to accidental deletion, cloud platforms provide backup plans in case of a disaster that can lead to data loss. Enterprises should create a backup roadmap and create an employee training program to mitigate these issues.
To sum up, by adopting cloud technology, enterprises can accelerate IT modernization, automation, scalability, efficiency, and much more with the next-generation secured infrastructure during and after migration.
Novac Technology Solutions is a digital transformation and cloud solutions company with strong expertise in Financial Services, insurance services, retail, and Digital Learning. As a digital transformation and cloud solutions company with expertise in various industry segments, we innovate and create a niche for organizations in a competitive and ever-changing marketplace. Novac Technology Solutions can help enterprises accelerate their digital transformation journey by harnessing the digital engineering capabilities of cloud technology.
About the Author:
M PanakalaRaju is the Chief Software Officer, Heads Fintech division at Novac Technology Solutions. A commerce graduate from Acharya Nagarjuna University, he started his career with Shriram Group as a Trainee. He has played a key role in the design and development of various enterprise-wide software solutions including Ziva, the cloud lending platform for financial services organizations; encompassing his 20+ years of experience.His excellent understanding of User Personas and Technical skills helped him derive more user-friendly and adaptable solutions.