The Cloud has become an accepted part of modern business. Indeed, one report suggests that the average European organisation is now using an average of 1038 different Cloud services.
As things stand, the CIO and CTO face a significant challenge. Although business-sanctioned Cloud adoption has been orderly and well-managed, end-users have their own adoption agenda, deploying and using public services at a far faster rate.
Those few organisations claiming “we don’t use the Cloud” are living in denial – the average employee actively uses more than 20 cloud services at work, including 8 collaboration services, 5 file sharing services, and 4 content sharing services (e.g. YouTube, Flickr, etc.).
A Problem and a Lesson
On the surface, this discovery is terrifying — just how much corporate data is floating around in unknown services? And what security provisions are there to protect that data?
In terms of strategy however, the Cloud has reached a watershed moment. Where corporate Cloud efforts previously focused on replicating existing infrastructure into a private hosted environment. Concerns about security, data leakage, and the unproven nature of shared resources for enterprise computing drove the growth of private Cloud services.
But with the concept proven and real-world, mission-critical applications being run in the Cloud, the next stage in most corporate Cloud adoption roadmaps will be a transition to public Cloud infrastructure.
Why is this? Experience shows that reputable public Cloud platforms offer similar levels of security and stability – but at a far lower cost than the current private Cloud platforms being used.
As we approach the end of the first phase of Cloud strategy, it is safe to say that IS in the Cloud is well-understood, and mature as a concept. Equally we can agree that all of your competitors are using it.
The elasticity of public Cloud services opens new ways of working – particularly useful as more organisations begin to adopt agile strategies and ways of working. Although private Cloud does offer “no limits” resourcing, the customisation of the environment makes it slightly less flexible than its public sibling.
The need to scale resources quickly is vital to the “fail-faster” ethos of many digital transformation programs. In this context, the “no holds barred” provisions of public Cloud are the ideal platform for deploying and cancelling new systems, processes and workflows according to business needs.
Your Cloud Roadmap
Obviously every strategic roadmap is different according to the needs of the business, but the wider trends are clear. With IS well-established in the Cloud, your next step is to use the power of the public Cloud to deliver much needed operational flexibility.
For more help and advice on building a more detailed Cloud roadmap for your organisation, please get in touch with the Getronics Managed Cloud team.