The journey to cloud – whether that’s moving more workloads to cloud or adopting different models – can be challenging. There is a lot to consider in this change; cost, skills, impact on processes and the business as a whole. Then of course there’s the question of which cloud model is best suited to your workloads, your existing infrastructure and your future goals.
Ultimately, you need a mix of solutions that capitalises on your existing infrastructure and also incorporates new elements. This is a hybrid environment and delivers the flexibility you need to get the most out of your technology.
The concept of hybrid has taken on a life of its own and means different things to different businesses. The core of the concept remains the same – a computing environment that incorporates a mix of on-premises, private and public cloud services, and third-party hosting. But you need to decide what it means for your business and what you need it to do for you.
Keeping that in mind, when embarking on this cloud journey, there are three questions you need to answer.
- Why are you moving? What is your business reason for moving? What are your objectives?
- How are you going to move? Have you considered the impact it will have on your business as a whole? Your people, processes and technology?
- When are you going to move? What is your pace of change? Will you be transforming or evolving?
With those questions answered, you can shape the rest of your migration accordingly. At Pulsant, we’ve developed a Cloud Maturity Matrix to help customers assess where they are in their journey and where they would like to be.
Importantly, cloud is more than a technology upgrade. It requires a mindset shift and impacts the entire business, from technology and processes, to employees and skills. The Cloud Maturity Matrix helps you assess your entire organisation, based on various elements, including infrastructure, capability, strategy and culture, and commercial. It enables you to develop a plan to get you to where you need to go, and helps determine which is the best technology that will aid in achieving your business objectives.
In this way you can optimise your current technology investment, using existing hardware or services, while bringing in newer elements. This includes services such as public cloud for specific workloads to bring down cost or make you more agile – all depending on your objectives.
It’s important to remember that the move to cloud is different for all organisations and needs a tailored approach. Working with a vendor-neutral partner, such as Pulsant, can help make the cloud journey less challenging and complex. It also ensures that you’re getting the right solution, or in most cases, mix of solutions that will help you achieve your objectives.
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