Before the move to the cloud, businesses should understand the context

  • Posted on June 29, 2015
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This article was originally written by Avanade alum Scott Burgess.

The cloud is one of the biggest technological changes since the birth of the internet as well as being one of the most talked about. In most industries it has become a part of everyday business language and with each utterance of the word ‘cloud’, pressure builds on IT decision-makers keen to remain at the forefront of the digital revolution.

Among all the hype and discussion, it is easy to see how businesses often become confused when it comes to moving to the cloud. Far too many businesses see it as the objective, rather than an enabler that allows them to increase agility and empower user productivity.

The key to realising the value of cloud technology, is thinking beyond the boundaries of IT. The real heroes of IT are those who can step outside their functional units and think broadly across the business. What would make every person in your business more productive? What challenges are particular departments struggling to overcome? Thinking as broadly as possible, what is it that the business is looking to achieve?

With this as your starting point you can begin to work out how moving to the cloud can help you achieve those business objectives. It also prevents you from thinking of the cloud as a solution that will miraculously cure everything that currently frustrates you about your business.

At Avanade we work with organizations to help them understand the context behind transitioning to the cloud and more digital ways of working.

For example, we worked with one particular client to help them modernize the entire organization, from technology through to processes and structure. At the outset, we addressed six key questions that helped them to understand the context of moving to the cloud:

1. Which applications should be prioritized over others?
2. How do we create a service delivery mentality which puts the focus on the end user experience?
3. How do we build consistency into processes across the business?
4. What can be automated so applications can function without constant monitoring?
5. How can we make everything available on mobile?
6. How do we ensure financial transparency so the client stays in control?

On top of this, Avanade’s Windows Server Snapshot Analysis tool provided a closer view of the business’s existing setups. Using this and the six points of context allowed the client to begin planning which applications needed to be prioritized because it had developed a wider perspective and understood what it was looking to achieve.

The cloud provides organizations with the opportunity to fulfil ambitions that aren’t wholly related to IT. Every move to the cloud is entirely contextual for each business, and realizing this is the first step to successful modernization, bringing companies closer to becoming a complete digital businesses.

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