What exactly is the “best” business case to implement cloud-based technology for the majority of your partners?
* The most compelling business case is when a Cloud migration leads to rapid business performance improvement that is apparent to the business. This can transcend any financial payback calculation.
Taking advantage of Cloud native capabilities such as elasticity and infrastructure-as-code will deliver the best business results. This ‘second wave’ of Cloud adoption has overtaken the previous ‘lift and shift’ approach as the prevailing business case for Cloud. It’s vital for businesses to employ tech savvy workforce, given the change of pace in recent years.
Most BJSS Cloud native engagements are considerably more complex than simple migration services. Businesses are increasingly looking to optimise performance and support rapid scaling. There is a need for businesses to adopt rapidly to maintain their market share and remain competitive.
Cloud enables several functional business areas to work closely together.
For example, Cloud has enabled Development and Operations teams to work more collaboratively.
Can you give us an example or two about how collaboration is bolstered by Cloud adoption?
Cloud enables several functional business areas to work closely together. For example, Cloud has enabled Development and Operations teams to work more collaboratively, supporting the adoption of DevOps, in many organisations. This is expanding to include security as part of the value chain.
Where value can really be seen is when you bring the Cloud capability to line of business owners so new digital products can be rapidly built, released and improved by functions working together which again enables businesses to make decisions promptly and more accurately.
Another area where Cloud has improved collaboration is in Finance and HR functions, because the variable Opex model for Cloud is often at odds with typical procurement cycles. Skills required to run Cloud services are different from traditional IT skills and so HR need to be involved in identifying new talent or putting training schemes in place to reskill existing personnel.
BJSS has developed a Cloud adoption framework with artefacts and proven patterns to help organisations through this transition stage.
Skills required to run Cloud services are different from traditional IT skills and so HR need to be involved in identifying new talent or putting training schemes in place to reskill existing personnel.
Roughly how long does a migration operation take and how soon after can ROI be expected?
In some less complex cases, BJSS has experienced migrations into Cloud native environments taking six weeks with almost immediate payback. Larger re-platforming activities can take 6 months, with payback has been within months thanks to the improved accessibility and ability to respond rapidly to customer demand. For example, a recent migration to a new platform with elasticity built in enabled a BJSS' client to scale automatically to meet a period of high demand from customers whilst its competitors all failed. This encouraged significant numbers of customers to migrating to their service. The ROI was achieved incrementally and within weeks based on the continuous delivery approach.
* Amir Soufizadeh is the Head of Commodities & Utilities Practice at BJSS. BJSS is an award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy, and you can learn more about its services at ETOT 2017.