The Forecast is for Cloud: A Digital Transformation Overview

The market demand for cloud services is accelerating rapidly. In an April 2018 report, the Gartner Group reported:​

Digital Transformation Overview“The public cloud services market is projected to grow 21.4 per cent in 2018 to total $186.4 billion, up from $153.5 billion in 2017.”

The market size is expected to top $300 billion by 2021, nearly doubling the 2017 total. The fastest-growing segment of the market is cloud system infrastructure services, forecast to grow a stunning 35.9 per cent in 2018 to reach $40.8 billion.

This is said to be made up of a blend of traditional businesses migrating to the cloud and software vendors (ISVs) consuming infrastructure as they build platforms to deliver software solutions to their customers.

Digital Transformation Overview

The one thing we’ve learned over the past ten years is once you decide upon your path to the cloud, it is critical to take the correct steps to successfully execute the leap. Unplanned cloud adoption and poor planning has led to higher spending, disappointing return on investment, and environments that become difficult to manage. If you’re taking off into cloud, you want a smooth landing at your destination.

Here is a high-level overview of what lies ahead on a successful Cloud journey:

Assessment/Scoping/Design

The enterprise client, together with the service provider’s cloud specialists, assesses the current environment, infrastructure and application needs. Often, there are a series of workshops and briefings to get the process going. Following analysis and consultations, a strategic advisory team designs a transition plan. Depending on the systems in play, this may involve moving systems in their current state to the cloud or changing the delivery model of these systems to utilise cloud services – we call this decision process our ‘port or pivot’.

Proof of Concept with Incremental Deployment

Before deploying enterprise-wide, the service provider should build a Proof of Concept or Pilot; a small-scale deployment, then gradually expand scope and migrate users. After the core network is in place, the provider’s managed services division should identify and provide additional bolt-on applications to meet the organisation’s requirements.

Deployment/Implementation

The service provider delivers a seamless deployment and migration of the enterprise customer’s current systems to its new cloud home with comprehensive hand-over, training and briefings. Typically, this means setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN), or a private connection such as Express Route, for a seamless and secure gateway to the cloud. Once a beach-head is established, secured and tested it provides a foundation to build out your environment upon.

Ensuring Security & Validating Identity

Securing data in the multi-tenant cloud demands a fresh approach to identity access management, ensuring that only privileged users gain access to permitted areas of the network. User access, encryption and client security are key factors when connecting employees to your environment. This is one of the most critical steps to get right in your new deployment.

Build/Manage/Support

Shifting data from on-premises servers to the cloud means replacing or supplementing existing infrastructure to mesh with cloud systems. There may also be a need to reconfigure existing applications so that they scale on demand. The service provider must architect the infrastructure and provide applications to meet client needs. Its operation centre must provide, after deployment and go-live, round-the-clock support and monitoring of mission critical systems.

Innovate & Transform

The service provider’s business intelligence and process management experts should put in place a regimen of analytics and reporting to enhance productivity and streamline workflows. A culture of BI-based insight fosters evolutionary growth and empowers strategic transformation. Change is not a one-off process. It’s a culture of incremental optimisation and evolution in the spirit of agile evolution.

If you undertake this journey with Evros, our dedicated Cloud consultants will guide you through each stage of your cloud journey across the wide spectrum of cloud technologies, including Azure Public Cloud, Private Cloud Solutions and Hybrid deployments such as Azure Stack, PaaS and SaaS services.

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