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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.

3 tips to select your managed cloud services provider

3 tips t select your managed cloud services provider

A managed cloud services provider (CSP) helps minimize on-premise IT workloads by offloading them to the cloud and provides managed services for a predictable monthly fee.

Selecting the service provider based on the lowest fee may not be an ideal choice. Here are three tips to consider in your selection process.     

Domain knowledge of your industry

Work with a managed cloud services provider who understands your business, IT challenges and can guide you with the right solutions.

AEC Cloud is a managed cloud services provider serving the AEC industry.    

Our clients find us suitable due to our AEC domain knowledge and expertise in hosting mission-critical applications that are broadly in use.    

Examples of applications we host for our clients are Sage, Primavera, Onscreen Takeoff, and Autodesk Revit.

Work history   

Obtain information on the tenure of the company, past work experience, and type of clients the provider serves.

About AEC Cloud, the founder(s) were engineers first. Their passion for technology gave them hope and vision to solve anywhere access and collaboration which is the problem among the distributed workforce. 

From bare metal to server less infrastructure as a service, AEC Cloud has witnessed different eras in technology transition and continues assisting organizations in solving IT challenges.    

Type of clients we serve is general contractors, specialty contractors, construction managers, and architects comprising regional, national and top ENR companies.

Cloud service

The top cloud service providers are Microsoft, AWS, and Google. Managed cloud services provider generally is a reseller and may be well-versed with all the three-technology stack or focuses on only one

AEC Cloud provides application hosting for clients on Azure due to the flexibility it offers.

As a Microsoft cloud solution provider, we can build and manage the whole cloud stack for our clients or help them with the setup.

Value add

The role of a managed CSP is to assist your business to function efficiently, protect from downtime and improve ROI. However, the value depends on what type of service you are planning to engage with the managed services provider.

AEC Cloud’s value is improving IT service delivery through cloud hosting and reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Our team acts as an extension of our client’s IT team providing managed cloud services and helping their business grow. 

The combination of our skill set in Azure cloud infrastructure management, custom software, consulting services, and AEC domain knowledge is a valuable addition for organizations that fit.

   

Conclusion

With the cloud, businesses can simplify IT and improve productivity.

Find the right service provider who focuses your industry, has domain knowledge, good history and demonstrates value.

Migrate IT workloads to the cloud, increase overall IT performance and reduce cost significantly.