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3 best ways to IT transformation on the cloud

3 best ways to IT transformation on the cloud

Transform IT on the cloud for better productivity and efficiency.

Cloud drives modern technology, and many businesses are yet far from achieving the true potential.

In this article, we share our first-hand experience to make your IT transformation on the cloud by opting three best ways.

IT transformation is the process of reassessing your IT assets for improvement and modernizing to address the changing business requirements and goals. Moreover, a step forward to adopt new trending technologies.

The very purpose of IT transformation on the cloud is to enhance performance, additionally optimize costs.

To bring in the cloud to your transformation strategy, analyze the business function that requires transformation on to the cloud, and classify and group the whole IT under Software, Platform, and Infrastructure.

 

Transforming the software – Productivity Suite

 Software is vital for one or more business functions to support daily work. 

Productivity suite, business email, mission-critical applications for project management, sales, and marketing, human resources, estimating, designing, accounting, and the list can go on.

Let’s begin with business email as a reference case.

Microsoft Office 365 suite or Exchange online and Google suite offerings are both excellent for businesses. Pick the right one that suits your business.

From a 2017 survey by Osterman Research Inc, 64% of respondents say that the drive for the use of Office 365 is to streamline IT operations, 53% user productivity and 54% to reduce the cost of delivering services.

Microsoft’s offering has a large install base and comes with familiar desktop options, whereas Google lacks desktop options.

However, if cloud transformation is to start at the software, give a try with your business email first.

 

Transforming the Infrastructure - Backup

 The second option to IT transformation with a cloud-based solution is the backup.  A critical task of an IT is backup, and it falls under the infrastructure classification.

Your backup solution should help you simplify restore procedures during an emergency. It must be flexible, secure, and cost-effective.

Azure backup gives you a great cloud experience.  You can configure backup with your existing systems on-premise and later extend the capabilities to combine a hosted site.

IDC’s recent survey claims that organizations utilizing Azure backup services and Site recovery see an average annual reduction in their total cost of operations (TCO) by 46% per year improving overall IT staff productivity, backup performance, and data recovery operations. 

The respondents also claim that they were able to minimize unplanned downtime and reduce expenditures for backup related hardware and software.

 

Transforming the software – Line of Business Applications

 Line of business applications is an increasing part of IT consumption.  Assess those that are running within your office or out of your data center and determine which ones you'd need to offload to the cloud.

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a choice if your vendor offers you for the present software, or, go for a new SaaS type.

An alternative is to migrate the applications to a managed cloud hosting model, or a self-service public cloud.   You'd save costs by not reinvesting on software licenses.

SaaS and hosted software, both are a delivery model that satisfies the NIST cloud definition. Choose the one that fits your business requirement.

If you prefer to host all your applications, Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud are the top players of Infrastructure as a service provider (Iaas). Nevertheless, you'd need a technology partner to help set up and transition.

We assist our customers on Microsoft Azure hosting applications providing anywhere access. 

 

Conclusion

 As change is unavoidable, so is cloud transformation.

Begin your cloud transformation with either one, or all of these - business email, line of business applications, and backup. 

Do a phase by phase transformation, gain control on the overall migration, and learn along with the changing trends.  IT transformation on the cloud is a steady process, and it will enhance productivity and efficiency.

Work with a technology partner to guide you through the transformation process and help achieve your IT goals.

Cloud based solutions: Misperceptions and Reality

Enabling your IT with Cloud-based solutions help you proactively manage, prevent downtime, improve productivity and efficiency. Businesses unable to decide on a cloud-based model due to misperceptions need clarity.

In this article, we discuss and clarify a few common misperceptions, explain the cloud framework and its benefits, so hopefully, you gain a perspective to solve your IT challenges.

We are small a business and not ready to move to the cloud.

Cloud-based model fits any size of businesses. If it can solve your IT problems, then why not?

You can cut costs on maintaining your IT infrastructure, improve user performance, productivity and collaboration.

Our client Level 5 Interiors a commercial construction company chose application hosting on the cloud as they were unable to achieve anywhere access with their on-premise setup.

Thus, cloud-enabled IT can help solve your problem depending on what you’d like to accomplish.

Bredin, an SMB market research agency reports 33% SMBs are yet to move to the cloud. It is about 9 million businesses.

Our IT person says that the cloud is expensive when compared to an on-premise solution.

It may be true but collect the data first. Classify the information into Software, Platform, Infrastructure, and Resource. Doing a cost allocation by this method provides insight on each section and becomes a basis to decide.

Forrester Consulting's research on behalf of Microsoft reports an estimate of $16,000 SMBs can save a year on IT with cloud-based solutions.  

We will lose control of the servers if it is not within our office.

Having control over physical IT assets also comes with a cost, don’t you agree? Maintenance, upgrades, and resource to manage.

Selecting a cloud model gives you the same level of control on what you use. Moreover, the cost should be significantly lower than what you already be paying.

Our data is not safe on the cloud, and we have security concerns.

What are your security concerns? Data loss, password attack, phishing, malware attack, or session hijacking.

Discuss with a trusted adviser and ask for solutions to address your security issues.

We host our client’s data on Microsoft Azure and taken measures to address the security at various levels. Cloud is safe if you have the right security tools and process in place.

Microsoft “Cloud security” trends study says, 94% of users report security benefits moving to the cloud.

 

With a proper understanding of the cloud framework, and the benefits you can easily plan for the right cloud-based solution. Here is a few additional information to guide you further.

What is a Cloud-based solution?

The definition of cloud computing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology is a great source to reference.

Any cloud-based solution must satisfy the five essential characteristics:

On-demand self-service

Broad network access

Multi-tenancy and resource pooling

Rapid elasticity and scalability

Measured service

What can a cloud-based model do for me?

With the cloud, you can easily collaborate, share files and update records in real time, and access your data or application from anywhere with a device of user’s choice. By these benefits, your productivity and efficiency go up.

On the cost, you are free from specific ownership of types of equipment and be paying only for the usage or subscription.

By moving to a cloud-based model, your IT becomes simple, no server to maintain, have one or two vendors to manage and focus your core business functions.

Overall, you can scale up or down when your needs change as the cloud is flexible.

 

Misperceptions whether the cloud is a fit for our business, it is expensive, we’d lose control over our IT, and less secure are all matter of discussion and clarifying with the right people.

To focus on your core competencies and proactively manage IT, cloud-based solutions are essential. It improves user productivity, efficiency, collaboration and prevents business disruptions.

Types of cloud-based examples are Microsoft office 365 suite for productivity and Azure for application hosting, backup, and disaster recovery.

Work with the right partner who can listen to your problems, propose the right solutions and guide you in solving your IT challenges.