In future, the majority of global value creation chains will be digitalized. This means that companies need to establish technological landscapes that actively support permanent business transformation. The key criteria in this respect are availability, flexibility, scalability and security. This is precisely what cloud solutions offer.
Integration of the cloud and cloud services can significantly enhance the user experience. In a digitalized world, this is essential to securing a business′ long-term success.
The first step is to identify all of your existing components and classify them according to their cloud capability. Then you need to evaluate the right cloud model (public, private or hybrid) for each application and transfer it to a higher-level cloud architecture, which will often include legacy systems that aren ′t suitable for operation in a cloud but still have to be taken into consideration. Transition to the cloud is defined per component.
One of the keys to success is the cloud operating model, which is responsible for planning, monitoring and controlling the implemented architecture. The cloud architecture and cloud operating model need to be established carefully and on an individual basis.
The cloud delivers on-demand computing and storage capacity and enables you to use countless applications over the internet. With the cloud′s use-based pricing model, you avoid the high fixed costs associated with investing in infrastructure.
The advance of digitalization and targeted use of cloud computing open up a whole range of new options for your business, from more efficient processes to new business models. You can also significantly enhance the user experience – for both clients and employees – in relevant areas.
Many companies maintain extensive process landscapes, often with associated certification. It can be difficult to combine the approaches used in the cloud with traditional process models.
With in-depth analysis of existing processes and sound knowledge of the way cloud architectures and cloud models work, the necessary adapters can be developed. These are an integral part of cloud models. They allow extensive retention of existing processes.
Legislators have responded to rapid digital development, new technologies and growing user expectations by introducing increasingly stringent laws and regulations such as the GDPR. On top of these, there are voluntary standards, industry standards and codes of conduct. It is important to bear these in mind when selecting the right cloud model.
Every cloud nowadays features extensive mechanisms to meet growing security requirements. Compliance, governance and security are an integral part of a cloud operating model.
The choice of different cloud models is as diverse as the routes to the cloud.
Businesses often begin by gaining experience with the public cloud. Very specific needs can be addressed with a private cloud. In practice, however, a combination of both the public and the private cloud – in other words, a hybrid cloud – is often used.
The right cloud model for you will depend primarily on the following factors: your strategic alignment, the digital maturity of your business and the applications you use, and specific compliance requirements.
The first step of your cloud journey begins in the mind. To make a successful start, you need to deliberate the subject and weigh up your options.
Following a thorough situation analysis, you will be ready to choose the right cloud and operating model. You can then begin the process of migration to the cloud.
Key factors for long-term success include downstream control and, where necessary, adjustment of operating processes and the optimization of costs.
It is vital that you continuously review the selected cloud model to ensure that it meets your business′ future needs.
Classifying your assets is the first step you take towards ensuring that data is adequately protected. It′s important to define the degree of security needed in precise terms.
Then you need to evaluate the right cloud model (public, private or hybrid) for each data class and transfer it to a higher-level cloud architecture. Particular attention should be paid to governance in this respect.
Extensive tools for safeguarding digital assets (e.g. advanced threat protection) are available in the public cloud and in the modern workplace. When they are deployed correctly, unusual behavior patterns can be detected and tackled at an early stage.
First of all, you need to develop a cloud strategy. Analyze the current status of your IT infrastructure, then record the problems you currently have and the benefits that a cloud infrastructure could bring. Define which data and applications you want to migrate into which cloud. Netrics offers a cloud strategy workshop to assist with this. The result is a cloud road map that clearly indicates what data and applications need to be migrated in what order.
Once you know what cloud solution (private, public or hybrid) is the right one for your business, evaluate the various providers and their costs.
The provider will issue a proof of concept (PoC), showing exactly how your solution will be implemented. They will then migrate your data and applications to the cloud.
The provider will monitor performance, provide support and back up your data.
The cloud environment is specifically tailored to your needs and adapted to the constantly changing situation. These changes have to be controlled.
Just as with your on-site infrastructure, digital assets in the cloud have to be serviced and maintained.
Cloud management is a challenging and time-consuming task, made more complex by the interaction of so many different components. In an ideal scenario, all the tasks and activities will be outlined in a cloud operating model in advance of any migration. Monitoring, backup and recovery, updating and cost optimization are all indispensable parts of a cloud operating model.
The cloud pricing model is usage-based, so cost calculability and transparency are not straightforward.
Where deployed correctly, technologies such as cloud monitoring, business intelligence and AI allow you to analyze usage trends. Correctly interpreting the metrics from the trend analysis helps you to allocate resources appropriately and avoid soaring costs.
Usage metrics are a key part of an effective cloud operating model.
In the digital age, users expect all applications, data and features to be permanently available – around the clock. To guarantee this, you need to ensure that your cloud expert offers services such as
- Monitoring and alerting
- Backup and recovery
- Governance management
- Compliance management and
- Cost optimization.
A personal customer care service for any interventions you may require offers extra peace of mind.
A comprehensive, integrated cloud architecture that incorporates aspects such as governance and compliance is an indispensable basis for successful management of your applications and resources in the cloud.
The cloud operating model ensures controlled operation of the cloud environment. Implemented sensors and checkpoints allow you to detect incidents and trends at an early stage.
Your cloud expert can take care of all of these tasks for you as part of a professional service package.
The public cloud is dynamic and its pricing model is usage-based. The major advantage of this is that the resources you need grow with your business. At the same time, there′s a latent risk of soaring costs.
Evaluating and interpreting key metrics and detecting trends helps you avoid nasty surprises and even enables you to optimize your cost structure. It is vital to define the right metrics to continuously monitor cost developments. This is part of the cloud operating model.
Unlike on-site infrastructure, the cloud offers usage-based pricing models with variable operating expenses (OPEX). When you use the cloud, you avoid having to invest in your own infrastructure (CAPEX).
But simply moving infrastructure or applications into the cloud doesn′t produce any cost benefits.
Costs can only be cut by actively managing and deploying the advantages of the cloud, for example deactivating resources that are not in use.
The greatest potential for your business, however, lies in exploiting the possibilities the cloud offers to create added value for your clients and employees in the form of enhanced user experiences and more efficient processes.
Cloud technologies and services continue to develop on an ongoing basis. To make optimum use of new possibilities, your business needs to establish the necessary expertise or seek out the support of an experienced partner.
One good way is to incorporate an improvement process based on the DevOps approach. It is important to communicate regularly with your cloud expert. This allows you to take a proactive role, drawing up courses of action for continuous enhancement and extension of the cloud or modern workplace solution.