Get Started in Your Cloud Migration and Modernization Journey
Updated: Feb 22
Digitization is a driving priority for business leaders worldwide, whether in retail, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services—or any other industry. And over the last decade and more, cloud has proved to be vital in realizing digital transformation agendas.
Today, as the world transitions into our post-pandemic reality, it’s clear that cloud continues to be instrumental in helping businesses accelerate digital strategies. Many organizations realize cloud is a critical component within their overall technology portfolio.
The benefits of cloud
It’s the cloud’s inherent properties, such as elasticity, scalability, and high availability, that have made it so attractive for businesses. Organizations looking to bolster their resiliency find the high availability of the cloud very beneficial, as well as the ability to create backup and disaster recovery solutions in simpler and lower-cost ways than is possible on-premises.
In the early days of cloud computing, business leaders may have worried about the security of cloud resources. Today, however, most cloud computing services offer a path that enables organizations to provide greater protection across both cloud and on-premises environments through robust security and threat detection services.
Resiliency and security are just two of the benefits that cloud brings. There are others, too, from sustainability to accelerated time to market to modernization and innovation—many more than we have space to cover here.
Paths to migrate or modernize or both
Getting started with cloud is all about migration and modernization. The two approaches are closely interrelated: migrations provide the foundation for elastic, scalable, and secure infrastructure, while modernization utilizes that foundation to innovate legacy applications to be more agile or offer richer user experiences. The big question for many organizations is, “Where do we start?”
A key critical factor is a solution that allows you to move to the cloud and execute your migration and modernization initiatives at the pace that makes sense for your business. Hybrid estates enable IT teams to manage mixed estates of on-premises and cloud resources more easily, applying consistent management and governance controls across both. That flexibility permits you to maintain some resources on-premises, even as you move other resources to the cloud, without extra complexity.
Simplifying the management of diverse IT environments is more important than ever in today’s digital world. A recent Flexera “State of the Cloud Report” notes that 82 percent of enterprises today have a hybrid cloud strategy and 92 percent have multicloud strategies.
Expand your cloud value
Once in the cloud, you’ll be able to take advantage of numerous opportunities to increase the value of your initial investment. Just as application modernization can follow (or integrate with) your earliest migration, there are other ways to use the cloud to advance your digital goals.
For example, you might build on your new cloud infrastructure to modernize your data estate. Online analytic services can help you unify data from multiple sources so that you can get richer and more actionable business insights from your data.
The benefits of using data as a strategic asset are significant. A 2020 Harvard Business Review study found that organizations that embrace data to drive digital transformation experience:
Source: How to Lead a Data-Driven Digital Transformation, Harvard Business Review
You can also choose to explore a number of other opportunities, such as:
· Using cloud to accelerate innovation
· Increasing security and compliance
· Driving consistency across hybrid IT estates
Cloud is transforming industries
Cloud-enabled digital transformation is happening across industries worldwide. Many organizations are already using cloud to address their most pressing business challenges. Let’s look at a small sample to see what’s possible.
In Retail, evolving buyer behaviors are prompting retailers to focus on better understanding their customers to serve their needs more effectively, and ultimately, reshape and reimagine the retail experience. At the same time, cloud can help to bring much needed resilience to retail supply chains, enabling more robust operations.
For example, Walmart has chosen Microsoft as its preferred and strategic cloud provider, tapping into the full range of Microsoft’s cloud solutions to accelerate digital innovation in retail. Walmart’s family of brands and international businesses have been taking advantage of a broad base of Microsoft cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and internet of things (IoT) solutions to accelerate innovation.
Other large-scale retailers like Zalando, an online fashion and lifestyle business based in Germany, migrated its media management solution to AWS and increased developer control, leading to an improved customer experience.
Within Manufacturing, cloud is also helping companies become more agile, innovative, and competitive to attract and retain both customers and the next generation of workers.
Tofaş, Turkey's only automotive company to produce both passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, Migrate his Data Infastructure to Huawei, enabling the IT team to lower costs, achieve operational efficiencies, and reduce complexities with equipment management
Cloud is helping Financial Services companies protect against growing threats like cyber and financial crime while increasing agility through modernization of aging financial systems.
PayPal recently migrated the horizontally scalable applications of its payment platform to Google Cloud—a significant shift in strategy to cloud-based transactions—to help ensure easy and reliable services for its customers.
And in the Healthcare industry, cloud has allowed health organizations to accelerate digitization to support the rise in virtual healthcare, enabling both patients and providers to interact virtually and access vital data while securing sensitive information.
Through Alibaba Cloud's medical computing, storage, and analysis platforms brought together more than ten thousand algorithm scientists throughout the world to accurately predict disease and produce the world's leading predictive model for the personalized treatment of Diabetes.
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