Successful cloud adoption requires only a handful of key ingredients, addressing each of which mitigates much of the risk involved. Yet most cloud strategies are missing at least one of these factors, with many just paying lip service to the rest.
Today’s businesses know they need to embrace cloud and transformation to achieve positive business outcomes. But, recognising the need for change is not the same as successfully implementing it.
Now more than ever, enabled by technology, businesses need to drive innovation, attract top talent and create a collaborative ecosystem of partners and suppliers. None of which are possible without successful cloud adoption and transforming the way they work.
Before embarking on their cloud journey, businesses need to ensure they can implement an effective cloud strategy. Utilising IT and digital technology as an enabler but ensuring security across their business, both physically and virtually.
Yet, several businesses begin their journey without considering the full framework. The tooling, the policies and governance required. Thus, rendering their implementation immature.
“In my opinion, any organisation that sets off with an immature cloud adoption strategy is no different to one who hasn’t started or even thought about getting into cloud.” – Paul Norton, Rackspace.
Strategy is key.
The image above represents the key components of a successful cloud adoption strategy. Too many businesses start from the bottom-up with ‘Technology’.
A cloud strategy needs to surpass technology, considering components such as business, security, service, and process. What’s become customary, is that businesses rarely consider the full scope of what’s involved in a successful cloud adoption. Paul mentions frequently encountering organisations who hurriedly embark on cloud journeys, regarding cloud as the answer but not understanding the benefits it delivers. Shortly realising they don’t have the upskilled talent to maximise the benefits of big data analytics, artificial intelligence and process optimisation.
Businesses need to adapt their approach, prioritising people and culture, and identifying whether they readily have the skills and expertise required to execute their strategy. Should this expertise not be at their disposal, efforts need to be made to acquire the right talent.
Following this, organisations should turn their attention to processes and the full extent of what cloud migration involves. Yet this provides the largest challenge. Manufacturers are struggling to move forward, stifled by the legacy systems, processes and policies put in place. Consequently, suffering from a term Norton, calls “organisational paralysis”. Unable to complete the first stage of their migration journey due to processes and policies created for traditional data centres, and not for navigating in today’s cloud landscape.
Organisations have taken a like-for-like approach to migration, an approach that delivers minimal business efforts and inhibits progression.
What organisations must do is rethink their traditional undertaken tasks. Leveraging cloud capabilities to realise the greatest operational efficiencies.
So, what does success look like?
Every business will have a different definition of success. What’s imperative is considering every element of the framework from the outset. These underpin and outline the pathway to success.
Achieving even 80% of this, results in a significant improvement in contrast to where most businesses currently are. But does achieving 80% represent a significant improvement? If the conversations Norton has had with his C-level peers are any indication, then the answer is a resounding yes.
Besides start-ups, there’s difficulty in establishing organisations that have implemented pragmatic, comprehensive cloud adoption strategies that include all of these components. And whilst considering these should play a part, there’s additional difficulty in putting these into action.
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