Are you a cloud-first business?
When we first sit down with our customers to define their business and functional requirements for a project, there is significant emphasis on cost of infrastructure and ongoing hosting. We have seen a significant change in the approach since the adoption of cloud computing technologies. When scoping a project we can, with some certainty, produce a cloud sizing forecast for the target architecture model which has a defined catalogue cost attached to it.
This level of certainty has significantly reduced the amount of effort and time taken to get through initial governance and seek approval from the boardroom. The FD and other board members enjoy the ability to model cost. Another key benefit is the guaranteed purchasing of an outcome-based product that is backed up by a mostly detailed service description. This effect has a significant bearing on a business’s time to market or delivery of a solution when coupled with the efficiency delivered by choosing a cloud-based solution. Cloud is often seen as a first choice with regard to rolling out new technologies.
Businesses also have the safety net of no long-term contracts or minimum commitments they have to fund, you pay for what you use. The risks of running a new deployment is in the invested man hours rather that hardware and ongoing management costs. This, however, does not make failure an option as no CTO / CIO wants their name involved with a failed project or delivery.
When a new requirement is identified by a business, the first port of call is to see if there is an ISV within the cloud that has an application that will deliver some or most of the requirements. The main effort delivered by the project activity is more around integration with that cloud-based solution with any other back end systems.
Despite all of the positives of adopting a cloud first approach, we fully understand that it doesn’t fit all requirements. Customers more commonly in legal, finance and pharmaceutical industries are nervous about even looking at cloud due to issues that are driven by security, regulatory and compliance. Companies whose applications are business critical will tend to keep an on- premise visualisation or physical platform from which to run the mission critical apps.
So does your organisation take a cloud first approach?