Transition to Cloud: What worked best for the industry leaders

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Cloud computing has given the technology landscape a new face.

A majority of IT resources today are used to maintain the infrastructure that holds data, rather than innovating and growing the business. Cloud is a means to that end, ensuring a switch from on-premise hardware/software to Infrastructure as a Service or Software as a Service.

Most businesses today, across sizes and industries, are making a successful transition to the cloud. Not only is this transition easy to scale per your requirement and bandwidth, but it’s also flexible as you grow or descale in the future.

“Different from many other organizations, Royal started its cloud journey by hosting new applications that required elasticity and faster time to market. We didn’t perform any data center migration and this is in our radar probably for 2020 for the apps that make sense. All of this hype of emptying traditional data centers are not justified when you have huge infrastructure investments, applications that don’t require on-demand capacity and a financial model that prefers capex over opex. We don’t follow trends, we do what is right and makes sense,” says Renata Kobylinski, IT Director at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Does digital transformation means getting rid of legacy?

Traditionally, IT is structured around silos of expertise by IT vendors. The network is controlled by network engineers, data is secured and organized by data architects, storage and systems administrators build and control the hardware. With cloud computing, all of this changes to services. The whole infrastructure is virtualized and IT is able to deliver and track as per the usage of the resource. Finances follow suit.

Dennis de Vulder, CTO at Frenetti shares, “When we chose to go fully cloud-based we actually completely reworked our release strategy and codebase. We cut up features and modules into modular applications which would run separately but would be used as a JSON API by the mainframe. This allowed for dedicated devs per module and a staged release strategy causing high costs to start but quickly generating a return on investment by providing high scalability and backward compatibility.”

Cloud is advanced. It is very flexible and highly scalable. A business that works on the cloud can change its processes and experience in smooth shifts.

For an easier transition to the cloud, an organization must be prepared to transform the way they innovate. Having a vendor mentality will not benefit you in the long run. To get the most out of the cloud, a service provider mentality is critical and gets the most out of the service.

How was your experience when you made the transition? Share your views with the community here.

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