Moving to the New Cheese Station
In the book “Who Moved My Cheese?”, author Dr. Spencer Johnson discusses how characters of the book react to changes taking place around them. To summarize, our business environment is constantly changing and it’s important to adapt quickly to keep up with these changes.
Our new cheese station, the cloud, is no longer just a trend but, in most cases, a requirement for business. It has become critical to keep up with this change and reach the new cheese station. Like the four characters in the book who dealt with change in their own different way, you need to find the most suitable way to embrace and take full advantage of this new path. This transformation does not come as a “one size fits all” theory. It needs to be twisted and turned and moulded to your individual needs. Rules are different for all businesses depending on how you interact with your customers and how you conduct your business. But the one constant is that embracing this change in the right way is important for your business to succeed.
You need to strategize moving to the cloud and your cloud strategy should be dictated by your applications and data.
Tasting Your Cheese
To know your cheese well, you need to smell the aroma, taste the flavor, and understand its shelf-life. Similarly, it’s essential that you know your application portfolio so that you can see the opportunities for enhancement. Identifying the risks and the areas for improvement are essential to building a successful cloud strategy. And most importantly, to ensure success, you must understand the operational cost of the applications, their users, and their business goals.
Path to Your Favorite Cheese Station
The path to the new cheese station offers multiple routes. Identifying the best route can be tedious and time consuming, but it’s important to invest time in this planning as this will decide your win. Therefore, before your cloud migration, you must understand the why and plan the how.
There are multiple cloud platforms to consider and professional service companies who can migrate your infrastructure to cloud. Start your migration by assessing the features and services of the cloud platforms that best match your application specifications, your business environment, and your needs for security and compliance. If one cloud platform does not align with the requirements of your application portfolio, then you can use a multi-cloud approach. This will allow you to host your applications and data across clouds, leveraging each cloud’s unique features that suit the respective applications and result in better output.
Details that need to be considered while planning cloud transformation are:
- Technical specifications, operational costs, functions, deployment process, and user demographics
- Business critical applications
- Application consolidation
- Integration layout between applications and data flow
- Applications with heavy data volumes
- Applications that are functioning at their optimal levels and need to be moved or replicated on cloud
- Applications that need to be modernized, made cloud-native, and retired
- Data migration plan, including an efficient and secure way to transport data to cloud, geographical strategy for data locations, cut-over plan, high availability, and backup strategy
Having said this, building a resilient, scalable architecture needs thorough understanding of the workloads, technologies, and data needed to fulfil the business requirements of your organization. Also, making the applications modular and evolving them seamlessly are the keys for a successful cloud architecture.
The Final Bite
Placing applications in the best environment yields even better performance and eliminates issues like cloud sprawl, high maintenance costs, etc.
Gaining a better understanding of your applications and data portfolio will go a long way in utilizing the cloud features to their fullest, with better costs and reduced maintenance efforts.
To reap the benefits of the cloud, it’s best to collaborate with a cloud partner. This partnership can help develop a secure, agile, future-ready infrastructure on cloud and transform your applications to get the best output from your cloud investment.
Hitachi Vantara can help migrate and modernize your business on cloud, optimizing your operations with security and compliance.