The opportunities presented by taking your business to the cloud are numerous. However, to truly benefit from moving to the cloud, it's important that businesses don't simply take a "one size fits all" approach. Carefully selecting, testing and adopting cloud means that you can’t keep doing it the same way you always have. Your business must change to achieve the full advantages that the cloud presents.
Your strategy and approach to cloud should be driven by clear benefits. This doesn’t mean you have to save millions of dollars, cloud is not always the cheaper option, but you should be delivering a real benefit. Creating and maintaining your cloud strategy will provide you with a check point over time to plan ahead.
So which cloud technology or platform should you choose? Looking at your drivers will help you outline why you are moving to cloud and selecting the correct option. We start with five key drivers that lead us towards the right cloud options:
- Breaking away from buying technology and lumpy capital investments
- Retiring one or more legacy applications
- Streamlining processes and making the business more efficient
- Launching a new product or service offering
- Increasing flexibility and scalability as the business grows.
Once we have answered these questions we start to have a feel for what size and shape cloud is offering the right opportunities. This isn’t to say these are the only considerations, there are a multitude particularly for enterprise level organisations, but it can get you started.
Beyond selecting the right size and shape of cloud for you there are some other areas we see which make cloud adoption and transformation successful:
1) Establish governance and create champions
Any technological transformation needs to have real business owners in charge. They will be able to better establish the business' risk and funding positions with regards to the change, and will be more aware of the overall business strategy and therefore where cloud can deliver a benefit.
It's also important to create champions. People can be resistant to change even when they can clearly see the benefits of it or the need to make it. Having champions in your business keeping motivation high and answering questions will prove invaluable over time.
2) Know your business applications
It is essential businesses understand what services they deliver and which applications deliver those services. It's difficult to take individual apps to the cloud unless you are aware of the full stack of the application. This means knowing where it is, what it does, and how it does it.
3) Map business functions to the cloud offering
It's very rare that a business can simply move a number of things to cloud without undergoing a wider business change. When it comes to adopting one of the offerings in IaaS, SaaS and PaaS, understanding the functions that run in the business and where each one will sit in the cloud is critical.
Moving to cloud requires flexibility and internal awareness. It may be a multi-stage process, but it's essential that businesses understand exactly what aspects of their operations will suit cloud and which will not to truly benefit from adopting the technology. Adopting certain cloud elements won't just be a matter of simply transferring things over - it may transform the whole way a business operates, and owners must be prepared for this.
For more information on BDO's cloud implementation services, contact us today.