What you need to know before moving your business to the cloud

What you need to know before moving your business to the cloud
Darrius Drew
Software and IT
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According to various studies, sales are expected to increase by 10 to 15 percent, and operating costs are expected to decrease by that much thanks to the modernization of IT technology used in companies. Of course, this also requires moving some or all applications to the cloud

But to achieve such results, software migration alone is not enough. For a company to benefit from such a large change, it must understand what such a transition means and consistently adapt to the rules of the cloud

Migration methods

There are several methods for getting to the coveted service-based IT infrastructure-for-hire model known as the cloud, and also referred to as IaaS(Infrastructure as a Service). Each has its good and bad points in terms of cost, application time, complexity and added value. However, the basic principle of migration is retained for all their types: the core of the software should run natively in the cloud – this means the need to design it from scratch for the new platform in which it will run. In this way, the return on investment can be optimized and economic and technological success accelerated in the context of digital transformation. This approach to migration, i.e. creating applications specifically for the cloud, takes a company to a new level in terms of speed, flexibility and innovation and gives it a competitive edge. Deciding on this type of solution in the first phase of change planning promotes delivering products to market at an even faster pace. An IT company’s flexibility is the key to responding quickly and deftly to new demands

Private server vs. public cloud

Choosing a public IaaS platform is often even more efficient and has more advantages than the basic private server migration method. Native cloud design allows you to take advantage of all the pluses of public IaaS – its continuous growth and virtually unlimited performance, as well as its high level of security. Scalability of resources and the possibility of their flexible allocation means that the service will always adapt to current demand, which is not possible with desktop servers that are limited by physical factors and have no chance to meet the rapid growth in demand. The lack of need to invest in advanced server architecture and its support can be very cost effective – the IaaS administrator is then fully responsible for the quality of provided services

Service providers are constantly introducing new features and developing existing ones. Few even large companies have the resources to support the IT area so intensively. A native approach to the cloud is no longer an exotic approach – those who design applications directly under it can benefit from the innovation leap of the IaaS giants at a fraction of their development costs.

Four aspects of development

A company that wants to aim high and enter the cloud should modify or adapt in four aspects. The first is the software architecture, which must change and be adapted to the new operating environment. The company should introduce new infrastructure models as well as innovative data management processes to take full advantage of PaaS (Platform as a Service ) and enable API integration in the new ecosystem

The second aspect is the introduction of an enterprise work culture. DevOps ( Development and Operations) teams are collaboration and communication between IT maintenance specialists (network administrators) and developers. Thanks to their joint efforts, it is possible to automate and continuously repeat the same product lifecycle processes – from design through development, delivery and operation to the final shutdown of the platform

The third aspect is governance and the new operating model. All data sharing procedures, as well as the cost of using the platforms, must be carefully examined and adapted to the new operating principles. This also includes the issue of security and where the data will be stored

The last of the points leading to successful working in a new IaaS environment is an alternative way of thinking about the business. DevOps is just a way to build software and keep it up to date. Management flexibility, on the other hand, allows you to decide when and which elements to develop. It also makes product enhancement the core principle of running a business. Therefore, it is important for a company to abandon a design-centric mentality and focus on the product itself. Proper organization of its team, processes and investments will then allow it to deliver superior products and services to its customers.

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