Cloud Digital Transformation: Best approaches
Cloud computing is one of the very few areas that has had its impacts on almost all the services be it education, sales, marketing, transportation, delivery systems, etc. Cloud services coupled with booming technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, etc have resulted in these technologies becoming a part and parcel of our life. Most enterprises are taking their workloads to the cloud. These offer you several advantages like better security, scalability, easy management, etc.
Why Cloud Transformation?
Cloud transformation involves the migration of your business operations to the cloud. This transformation process involves transforming your entire infrastructure to the cloud. As per a survey conducted by Gartner, cloud services are expected to grow by 18.4 % in 2021. A survey conducted by BakeMcKenzie on Digital Transformation & Cloud Survey: The Future of Enterprise Data, says that the cloud remains on top of the most essential technologies as far as organizations are concerned.
How to Choose a Service Provider
This is the most important parameter while selecting a cloud service provider. As a metric, you can evaluate their security measures by investigating whether they provide securitization features like encryption, firewall protection, etc, whether their web services use the Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) or the conventional Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Standard DevSecOps practices can also be considered as a testing metric for monitoring security.
2)Technology and Compatibility
Ensure that the providers use the latest technologies that have inbuilt security features. The latest technologies have better compatibility also. You may also need to upgrade some of your services in order to have compatibility with those offered by the service provider. The ultimate aim is to ensure that compatibility does not downgrade the security. For example, in order to have better compatibility with services offered by the provider, if you downgrade some of your software, that can indeed place a great overhead on your security.
The service provider should have appropriate mechanisms to ensure that your critical data will not be compromised. The service provider should be capable of handling unexpected disasters and should have in-house mechanisms like backups and standby servers to ensure that not only your data but your customer’s personal and confidential information is also preserved. Any untoward happening can put the entire onus on you and will result in the degradation of your customer base.
4) Service Quality and the Provider
The service provider should offer you the freedom to refrain from their services on completing a said term if you find their services to be of substandard level so that it does not result in a vendor lock in. You can evaluate the provider for a period of six months by accepting their service on an ad-hoc basis. Get better clarity on how they are distributing their service and how is service accessibility assured and managed. Review their service policies before getting into a contract. Their service policy should also throw light on intellectual property rights, warranties, etc.
Advantages of Cloud Transformation
1) Digital Transformation
Cloud services provide you with an opportunity to build applications, test them, and deploy them independent of the platform, as most platforms are compatible with applications independent of the platform on which they are developed. Cloud computing offers you the required computational and storage resources, thus thereby saving costs as compared to setting up an on-premise infrastructure. There are a plethora of prototyping tools available for applications developed on the cloud.
2) Optimize Cost and Workspace
Cost savings is one of the most predominant benefits of cloud digital transformation. This environment enables you to scale your resources based on the requirements and lets you pay based on the requirement. Adopting cloud-based services ensures that you do not waste your money and resources. You need not worry about having large storerooms that house very complex hardware that are a part of the physical infrastructure. The flexibility to scale your workspace is one of the key advantages that force organizations to migrate to the cloud. According to a survey by the Tech Republic, 95 percent of respondents said that the use of cloud technologies enabled them to reduce their setup and maintenance costs and another 50 percent said that their IT expenses dropped by 50% after implementing cloud technologies.
According to Harvard Business Review’s cloud survey, Business agility is one of the primary reasons that drive enterprises to cloud service. The survey pegged the respondents who cited business agility as the main criteria at 32 percent. Agility enhances operational efficiency, brainstorms innovation, cuts down costs, and enables organizations and enterprises to create products and services based on the variations in market demands. Agility enables you to market your products faster with minimum downtime. Quicker marketing time enables you to have better revenue.
4) Better Compliance
According to Statista, 83 percent considered security as the biggest concern. A survey conducted by Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) found that 58 percent of respondents are concerned about security. and misconfigurations are one of the main factors that caused data breaches. Most cloud service providers subject their products and services to the latest security compliance measures. Cloud technologies have better security compliance measures like firewall protection, encryption, etc that ensures malicious elements do not trespass into your workspace.
Earlier, systems used to run on custom configured IT systems. Cloud computing has enabled enterprises and organizations to standardize and automate their systems. Cloud computing has enabled enterprises to convert their large storage rooms needed for data centers into efficient office spaces.
If you are thinking about cloud adoption and planning to migrate your workspace to the cloud, Activelobby is at your service. We can assist you in providing the road map required for adopting, migrating, and managing your cloud. Our automation expertise enables you to have a smooth transit of your archives, inboxes, and workloads to the cloud.
Our cloud-based migration services enable you to transfer your resource-constrained mail servers to other platforms. Our platform management services enable you to monitor your cloud usage. Our crisis and disaster management services include providing you with the appropriate backups to ensure the safe upkeep of your data.
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