Five Common Questions on Enterprise Cloud Transitions – CIO Perspectives
You might have read our first blog ‘Busting The Four Myths around Cloud Computing’ from our recent CIO event at the iconic Shard, which revealed insights from Microsoft’s Lead for Financial Services.
In this post, Matt Higham, Head of Cloud Services, and Cliff Dabbs, Technical Architect, both from RedPixie, have looked at the top issues faced by enterprises as they transition to the Cloud.
1. How do I evolve to a Cloud based finance model?
One key question for companies as they transition to the Cloud is ‘how do they manage moving their finance model from Capex to Opex’, and convince their CFO of the benefits. This can be a big change for the CFO, so it is vital that the CIO demonstrates clear forecasting plans, cost analysis and licensing cost implications. In addition, according to industry figures, 24% of CIOs saw managing costs as a challenge to Cloud adoption, yet 39% see the benefits of cost reduction from Cloud engagements – a 5% increase from 2014.
2. Can I shift my data centre to the Cloud?
Another key question that we are asked is, ‘can I move what I have in the data centre to the Cloud’. This is possible, and the question allows you to start the journey. The IT model and application architecture will need to be adapted to the new capabilities offered by the Cloud, in order to fully realise the benefits. It is important to establish a business case and then build in the IT strategy to support that transition.
3. Who owns my data?
‘Is my data safe, who owns my data, what is the data and where will it actually be stored’ are all valid questions for any CIO. Data is your most valuable commodity and end-users expect companies to have a clear understanding of the security surrounding their data, how their data is being stored and how providers are controlling access to it. This can be achieved through a comprehensive process, due diligence and sound data classification, all of which should be undertaken regardless of whether a company opts for a Cloud Computing model or not.
4. How do I combat Cloud vendor lock-in fear?
If I decide to opt for one Cloud provider, such as Microsoft, Google or Amazon, does that mean I am locked in forever with that vendor? Similarly, if I select different vendors, could that cause complications, as the technologies are so different. Whatever route you select, it is important to have a central governance framework and policy management, regardless of the vendor. This will enable intelligence capture and effective management across the organisation.
5. How does capacity management work in the Cloud?
How do you do capacity management in the Cloud? To address this, we need to appreciate that moving to the ‘Cloud’ is a mindset change and this question highlights the need to change the way you do things. There is an element of Capacity management required in the Cloud – but much of it is taken care of for you. Cloud enables you to think about your applications requirements rather than the underlying infrastructure requirements like networking or disk space. In order to transition to the Cloud, IT leaders need to change many of their methods and thinking around the organisation’s IT infrastructure.
In summary, these are all valid questions, as firms consider their journeys to the Cloud. Having a sound IT strategy, the right technologies and the right level of external expertise in place will ensure that the transition is smooth and hitch-free.