"Do you Remember what it was like when we had all and everything in our data center?" - many people today have to answer this question with "no" since the trend to move more and more infrastructures, data, applications, functionalities and services into internal and external cloud structures is going on since years and THE data center is no longer existing in many companies. Data center structures in addition to cloud structures are today more standard rather than the exception.
Advantages such as flexibility, faster response times, less maintenance, lower costs, better collaboration, worldwide availability are examples of cloud benefits that more and more companies are recognizing and realizing.
Cloud usage is a fully-fledged and recognized operating model for IT activities, both in IT operation processes and in IT design and build processes. But clouds are not only popular in IT departments, cloud has also arrived in business processes and is used intensively - and often bypassing IT. Finally, it is not possible in our day not to use cloud. The question is not "Do we need cloud?", but "When do we use the cloud optimally?
Ultimately, it is also the use of clouds that provide the prerequisites for value-adding digitization, effective use of automation, to be ready for IoT and that makes the application of artificial intelligence in business processes possible.
The HDP has prepared and accompanied several clients on their way from classic IT to cloud-using IT. We also supported the transfer of non-IT processes to cloud structures. The complexity of these ways for sure is big, but it is also manageable. One of the biggest challenges has always been to achieve clarity about the precise benefits that a cloud usage will bring to the company, what priorities should be set and what objectives/targets are wanted to be achieve by means of cloud usage.
This is where one of the first activities during the introduction of clouds in the company starts - the creation of a cloud vision and a cloud strategy. These considerations are not only basis for decision-making, but also a necessary orientation for employees and customers. The whole process is not only about changing technical and technological aspects, but also about further developing and changing the culture within the company. Not only the products are affected by the changes, but also every single employee.
Experience has shown that the objectives/targets can be derived very well by analyzing so called drivers. In the picture drivers and examples of cloud objectives/targets are shown as we experienced them in projects. They can be derived in a structured way and they are individually according to each company's circumstances.